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Up front.img324, with story plus * by harrietsfriend Up front.img324, with story plus * by harrietsfriend
On my Sycamore Street Hill documentation of 1969, I took this photo of young adults.

For me a documentary image requires an "up front" approach, the subjects interact with me and know their picture is being taken.  This allows an edginess to be shown and I feel makes a better, real and often dramatic photo, none of which would happen if taken from a distance.

There is another factor. Back then it would take a bit of time to focus, meter and frame an image, so you were in their face whether you wanted to or not.  I chose to let this work for me and you can see in the expressions their reaction to me on their turf.  This was inner city downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, USA in the late 60s, also a time of social and political unrest over race and Vietnam.  We didn't feel we were poor, but we felt oppressed in some manner.

I have a series of photos in my gallery, Sycamore Street Hill, with others of these images.  If you like this series, watch my site, as I continue to post more.

Taken with a Nikon F, with a 50mm F2.0 Nikkor, with hand held Weston meter, on Kodak Plus X film.

Feel free to download, just give me photo credit.

*NOTE:  If you download and put on a large screen you get a more personal response to them and these times.

eugene spiegel
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kinska Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Bravo!!
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MonotoneMinimal Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Gratulations. You deserve it.
THIS is classic.
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MarinaCoric Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional
Congrats! :)
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RedRoronoa Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What an expressive photograph, congrats on the DD! :)
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anapests-and-ink Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This photo is so powerful.
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shelly44 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
i love these old photos.. i enjoyed watching and sharing the ones my family has.. priceless. your collection is timeless 

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Miabia100 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
WOW! I live near there!
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harrietsfriend Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
As an interesting side note.  Back in this time period, these homes were considered undesirable and were valued in the 5,000 to 30,000 dollar world.  Now that the neighborhood has changed to gentry and desired for the great city views, the values have gone to 200,000 to  a million dollars, sometimes just for a shell of a house to be redone.

eugene
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Miabia100 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thats insane! The pricing increase significantly due to the cities views. I would have never guessed! Thank you for sharing! ^7^
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kleos1234 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Jamie foxx XDDDD
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Croomz Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
I thought I was the only one!
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tigabelle Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
This is incredible, Congrats on the Daily Deviation! :huggle::heart:
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harrietsfriend Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
abba kabba.  sorry if I mangled it.

eugene
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ApocalypseW Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
congratulations on the Daily Deviation! Just stumbled upon this mesmerizing picture and I must say it's very captivating.
Great work! :star::clap:
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Feather-Dragon Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely amazing, especially given the time and the different formats of cameras. This is so very neat. Congrats on the well-deserved DD.
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Princess-Suki-W Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Congrats on DD! 
Great portraits :)
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Hey congrats man...the whole series is worth equal praise :clap:
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :party:
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TruthisTruth Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Congratulations on the Daily Deviation! :clap:
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ImagineAppleScruffs Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks just like pictures of my mom from that time. She was as stylish as these women. Nice sample of that time period; from what my parents tell me it was an exciting time.

:peace:
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Wow!  I knew that it was the late sixties/early seventies from the styles in this photo before I even clicked on the thumbnail!  It's funny because they look more surprised than hostile to see you in their neighborhood.  I lived outside of Cincinnati in 1967-1968 but I was a toddler.  My father worked in the city and told me a story of how he accompanied a coworker home to his neighborhood which was similar to this one for a party.  This was before the riots and there was social unrest about race in this country and Vietnam, but it was still simmering under the surface and hadn't boiled over.  Thanks for sharing this very interesting photo and sorry for my long ramble!  Congratulations on your DD! :clap:
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JustLynnWeav Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, what a great photograph for that year, it's very crisp and clear. :)  my dad was 14 and my mom was 9 at that time. ;)
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pearwood Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD, Eugene.  It's a superb photo.
Steve
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TokyoGo-Go Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist
That is an impressive photograph...^^
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plasticplayhouse Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter

This is a beautiful photo.  A great time piece and very expressive.

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harrietsfriend Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Photographer
thank you,  but in the world of art, this and $5.00 will get you a cup of coffee, not delivered.

good thing I don't do coffee.

eugene
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Y-eskii-lass Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
I adore the girl on the left, posing like a little Napoleon. She reminds me of, (well, I'm dating myself here) Dee from What's Happening. 'Ooohh I'm gonna tell mama!!' I think  their caught-in-the-act expressions are great.
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harrietsfriend Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Photographer
I know what you mean.  To me she is Al Bundy from Married with children.  I toyed with removing her from the photo, but as she was part of the group I kept her in, what with me being a documentarist.

eugene
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Aarrd Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Congrats on the well deserved DD. Nice candid street portraiture!
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014   Photographer
Congratulations! :clap:
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ghost-of-a-gone-bird Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
fantastic captureHeart 
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robson666 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist
congratulations to the well deserved Daily Deviation Clap Clap
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existencia5 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014   Photographer
super
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myoung4828 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
Wow what a wonderful time peace and so well presented.
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peatcher Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great shot, really love it!
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PatrickMonnier Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Fantastic photo! Thanks for digging it up!
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Roger-Wilco-66 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014   Photographer
Your street shots are something special, Eugene.  I also love the explanations you give to them.  Compliment!
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PridesCrossing Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
It was a different world back then. I was 14 in 1969! Great shot!
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I turned 19 that year.  What a time it was.
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