Closed and Stolen

The barber shop is closed, the flowers are missing (again), and the rain continues — it’s a rough day on the street.

Photo taken in Joliet, Illinois.

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31 thoughts on “Closed and Stolen

  1. Hmmm….very thought provoking. I almost want to start a new novel, looking at this photo! This is why photography is the cure for writers block. But fortunately, I’ve got one book that needs final edits, one that needs to be finished, and two new ideas. I’ll save this picture for my next book idea! Maybe I can use this as a a blog post of how photography cures writers block. Do you mind if I use your photo with credit?

  2. Pingback: Photography: The Cure for Writers Block « Holly Michael's Writing Straight

  3. This is one of the best shots I’ve seen in years, the set-up is almost naturally surreal. The old and new (window posters vs men standing in front of it), is just the perfect combination. You couldn’t put it together even if you tried, to send the kind of message and emotions it conveys. Excellent work, truly.

    • There is a timeless quality about barbershops in older downtown areas. Perhaps it is the feeling that my grandfather could have graced the walls of one of these shops years ago, and not much would have changed since. With that feeling as a backdrop, I like the juxtaposition between the fonts on the window signage — the modern, italicized “Continental Hair” with the block lettering of “Razor Cutting”. Who still uses these terms?

      Throw in the older sign with two men (that could have come from the 50’s), a hand-scrawled note about stolen flowers, and a pair of oversized scissors in the left corner, and the scene is nearly complete. The closed store, rainy day, and mysterious human element add to the storefront ambience, in my opinion.

      Thanks for the comment and reblog.

      • It was truly a rare sight, it does bring back memories (though introduced later in life) of the 50s. Yet, the detail and organizational of all the pieces, fit like a beautiful past-present puzzle of emotions running deep, specially in the Midwest. It was a pleasure to reblog something so touching and timeless.

  4. Reblogged this on Infernal Deity of a Psychotic Mind and commented:
    This is one of the best shots I’ve seen in years, the set-up is almost naturally surreal. The old and new (window posters vs men standing in front of it), is just the perfect combination. You couldn’t put it together even if you tried, to send the kind of message and emotions it conveys. Excellent work, truly.

  5. I like this photo because it is a simple vision that anyone may just pass by without much thought but to read the sign about the flowers which is a bit funny. Yet, the photo poses various types of signs and words to keep the eye studying it. There are also different textures/shapes in the picture the keep turn this simple scene into one that makes the eye linger. No, it is not a vast landscape that evokes one to stare at it for its emotional value, but this picture keeps the eye because there is so much to see in the photo.

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