, originally uploaded by *jj*.
I've had this roll undeveloped in my bag for two weeks.
It had been exposed on my L35AF. Obviously, it was from my day at the beach. I met the gentleman above in my usual patrol of men doing odd things while half-naked.
He made the cut. His kids had covered him in the silty wash from low tide at Locarno Beach. I took two exposures.
I couldn't wait to get the roll developed but it took longer than I thought. I really thought this would be the shot of the summer. One to add as one of my favourites.
As it turns out, it's not. And I'm very disappointed. I only get one or two chances to add a photo to the series every summer. Now, Labour Day has come and gone.
He does have an interesting self-mocking smirk but the composition fails to move me.
I really wanted it to feel like this image:
There are a zillion reasons why mine does approach what's going on in Arbus's Tattooed Man. But what jumps out the most is how the man has his arms spread.
Next year. Again.