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“Look at the rain long enough, with no thoughts in your head, and you gradually feel your body falling loose, shaking free of the world of reality. Rain has the power to hypnotize.”
― Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun


We often spend time wondering who, where, or perhaps what we are.

What we’d rather be.

Maybe, our lives would be better if we simply accepted who we are, where we are.

And what we have.

Let the rain wash over us, cleanse us.

Make us whole again.

And maybe then, we’d rather not need to be anything that we are not.

Already.


A thoughtful piece for this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo challenge which posed the rhetorical question ‘I’d rather be’

And, in an odd way, the fact that each of these shots was captured, in Salamanca’s Plaza Mayor, with a 35 year old Olympus OM 10 with a battered Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 lens and a fresh roll of Ilford XP2 Super ISO400, and posted here edit free, says something about where I’d rather be too.

Perhaps.

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andy townend

Every face, every shop, bedroom window, public-house, and dark square is a picture feverishly turned

Virginia Woolf

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I took this shot yesterday during a photoshoot for my (relatively) new photo-reportage site salamancastreets.

My post (which will feature some graffiti) from that shoot has not been finalised but this image seemed to fit the challenge perfectly?

for wordpress weekly photo challenge – face

*shot with nikon d700 and nikkor 50mm af-s f/1.4G lens , no edits*

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La Montanera

These shots were taken in the Mercado Central, just off the Plaza Mayor, as the market was closing. The stalls, that sell fresh meat, seafood, and vegetables were being cleaned and hosed down. As luck had it, our hosts seemed to know most of those working on the various stalls, including La Montanera.

Copious amounts of vino tinto were imbibed as Dionisio demonstrated his exemplary carving skills.

I can vouch for the fact that the jamon he sliced was delicious. As was the vino tinto…
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