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Adams Street: 1978

Adams Street: 1978

Medford, Massachusetts, Fall 1978. Misty; wet; the smell of wet leaves and the quiet. From a Kodachrome slide I took with a Nikon FM camera. View full size.

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Incredible atmospheric shot. I don't suppose this piece is available for purchase as a print anywhere online ? Thx.

Well Done

Pure mood in wet light. Nice work.

for bemfactor70

that is all that is printed on my slide from kodak processing..sorry

Almost Hypnotic

To the photographer: Do you have an actual date for this picture, or is it just "Fall 1978"? I would really love to know the actual date of this picture if you know it or remember.

Otherwise, I just can't stop looking at this picture. It feels so real, as if I am standing there, walking outside to take a look down the street. Amazing.

The eye of the beholder

A work of art can pull such varied emotional responses from the viewer. In this soft, damp, New England autumn evening, I see a hushed, seductive mystery, but no menace. It thrills me. I want to go there.

Hats off to Groucho

He's right in identifying the 68 Dodge Coronet! I guessed late 60s Mopar, but he nailed it exactly. And check out the rain drops on the windshield, extra creepy!

Needs Zombies

Incredible photo-- wow. I'm staring at it half expecting zombies to come ambling from behind a tree or car.

Lovely car

But I would definitely check the back seat before I got in. Reminds me of those old movies where a hand would appear from the backseat! Very entrancing photo. Love it!!!!


In response to Brent, I occasionally made some nighttime Kodachrome exposures in the olden days - none at the level of Rizzman's, alas - and this is pretty much the way the daylight-balanced version of the film rendered tungsten and mercury-vapor lighting: warm yellow/orange for the former, and turning what the eye saw as the stark bluish cast of the latter toward the cyan/green.


It does look a little scary, but the painterly effect of the blue-green color filtering through the trees is making me want to get back in the studio and paint some moonlit scenery!

Another Stunner

I knew this was a Rizzman before it even fully loaded onto my screen. I could stare into it for hours. Thank you!

Oh, wow

I lived in Cambridge from 1970 to 1973 while in law school. This photo is so powerfully evocative of those autumn days--the slippery wet leaves underfoot, the chill of coming winter, the smell. Thank you.

The car

I think it's a 1968 Dodge Coronet.

Love the Contrast

I love that you were able to capture both the greenish blue cast of street lights through the fog and the warm yellow glow of the incandescent light from the house's lamp. Not easy I imagine but having them both together makes the picture.

Close to home

Love your photos rizzman! This photo was taken when I was a Junior at a high school about an hour's drive from where it was taken. Keep 'em coming, Me'fihd!

Where is he?

I expect to see a guy with a raincoat and a fedora pulled down low over his eyes somewhere here.

Did I see this scene in The Exorcist?

Very creepy scene. I swear I've seen it before in a nightmare.

You might be a foot or two too close

but that certainly evokes the feeling of a Small Block 1965-1967 Corvette Stingray that you are photographing. But as much as it evokes that... I'm pretty sure it is not one. Any of the car sleuths want to authoritatvely say what car it is? The inset hood should be a give away.

Great shot BTW; you captured a Film Noir/Slasher vibe set in the 1970s. At any moment, I expect to see the flare of a cigarette being lit in the car in the background.

A damp chill

Even tho I am in Indiana, I have seen fall darkness quite like this, there is no smell like wet leaves, your picture is so strong, I can feel the chilliness.


This looks like it came straight out of a horror movie.
Fantastic shot!

Still from a slasher flick...

Totally looks like a still photo from some sort of horror/slasher flick, either one actually from the late 70s/early 80s or a retro one set then.

The tone and the mist give it a great air of Hollywood menace!

Another stunning Photo

Time for an exibition I think.
Your photos are there with the best

Great Shot

Given the narrow exposure latitude of the transparency, I'd sat you hit in on the head!

what an evocative picture

It reminds me of film noir--in color. I am also reminded of my trips to New England, and how different it is from my home turf. Delicious rain,green foliage and altogether a great ambience.

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