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Copyright: George Grabarczyk (Polonaise) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 84 W: 33 N: 31] (390)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1991-09
Categories: Event
Camera: CANON F1, Tamron 30-70/f2.2, Kodak EliteChrome400
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Thanksgiving, Friday Theme 2009/10/09 Giving Thanks [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-11 11:59
Viewed: 1755
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanksgiving in North America.

One of the most beloved, traditional ( very traditional) holidays around.
A real reason to celebrate. A real reason to say thanks to anyone who deserve them.
A holiday with the beginning clearly described and historically proven. No doubts. No uncertainties.
A family tradition regardless of religion, faith and a political view.
Beautiful tradition. Touchy tradition. Tasty tradition.

A celebration to express our thanks for living safely and in a civilized way. A celebration to say thanks for having our table full of food.
A celebration to say thanks to a person next door, if only for watching our cat and wetting our flowers when we are gone.

A photo from the places of the beginning of it. A cradle of settling in this land. Plymouth, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The first Thanksgiving ever in this land.

All over Canada and USA are those wonderful live museums presenting our past. Live impersonators. Real interiors. Real life of the previous centuries.
They ( the first settlers) came in 1621 and probably wouldn't survive the first, harsh winter in not the help from the loco Indian tribe.
We know who they were. We know their names. We know the names of the natives. What could be possibly more enthralling than expressing our thanksgiving for all of the people with good hearts?
To celebrate the people we know.

Thanksgiving. Not to celebrate numerous holidays for the Gods of many colors, faiths, genders and of the most mystical origins ( if any ?).

Thanksgiving. We are saying thanks to the first people who bended their backs to sown a grain in this land. The real people. The people of 1621.


A loco student Andre, ( Plimoth Plantation Village, Cape Cod 1992 ) posing for me as he was ready to prepare some original meal as the first settles did hundreds of years before him.


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2009-10-11 16:55]
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The washed-out colours of this are very realistic! People could not afford colourful colourfast dyes in those days!
Great comp too
Thanks for the posting and for drawing my attention to it. I hope you don't mind that I added it to the Friday theme as well :)

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-10-13 0:54]

This looks wonderfully authentic !
Thanks for the picture and for the note, too

best regards,

si una grande realizzazione artistica
bravo per la composizione e per effetto che hai data quasi di un quadro di altri tempi passati
perfetta l'armonia di tutti gli elementi


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  • bisok (8)
  • [2009-10-22 1:23]

Well ...
A great piece of ART (all in all)
and a big dose of intriguing history as well
Great work as usually

OK, George, let me begin with the negative side of your photo. As you already humbly pointed out yourself to Silke, there is this TERRIBLE lack of flowers. Strange, because in your composition, you had plenty of place to “copy and paste” some: they could be hanging against the chimney, be solidly planted in the pot in the left bottom corner, or – why not? – be pinned on the jacket of the guy!

But you’ll ask me: where do get those flowers? Quite simple! Don’t we all know that from the 442 960 photos currently posted on TrekLens, no less than 2 865 564 actually ARE flower photos?!? I’m sure your TrekLens friends will be happy to borrow you some ;o).

Said this, there also is the positive side of your photo: the vintage feel. The brownish dark colours, the detail of the flames in the chimney, the different ingredients on the table, the look of the man who seems to see a photo camera for the first time in his life (he “performs” very professionally) and – last but not least – the good old grain produced by your KodakEliteCrome400 film. I’m still wondering whether it is possible to generate such intens and consistent dark tones with a digital camera…

TFS & warm regards ;o)

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