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Oakland Three

Oakland Three

Driving to Oakland I saw these three guys against a beautifully painted building. I pulled out my Calumet 4X5 large format camera and made this picture. Funny that they never seemed to move a muscle. Oakland, CA 1990. View full size.


I wish I knew enough about art to understand why I can't stop looking at this photo!

Didn't move

Looks like they - along with the building - could have been there since the 20's or 30's!


This photo was never published and I am happy to hear your comment even after nearly 30 years.

Art in Verite

My, one nice shot!

Whether it was planned or just opportunistic - the colors, the composition, the 'tone' of the piece - it's just a very pleasing picture, In My 'Umble Opinion.

Thanks for sharing it!

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