Friday, August 24, 2007

Entering Disneyland, July 1963

We've all been there, waiting in line to go through those turnstyles! This looks like a typical July day...I can almost smell the diesel fumes, hot asphalt, and other odors best left unidentified. Some folks have given up before even entering the park, and have resigned themselves to sitting on the nearest bench. In minutes, a cheerful and polite Disneyland custodian will load them into a big bin, and they will be processed into soylent green. Survival of the fittest, baby.


Like great paintings, photographs can be "made" by seemingly insignificant details. In this case, the kid with the red shirt, red cap, and red socks is the focal point, all other elements lead to him. He is my hero. Eat your heart out, Rembrandt!

6 comments:

Tinker Bell said...

Yeah, I think you're right. That kid rocks! Too funny! ;)

Anonymous said...

A photo snapped in the last great 'carefree' summer; mere months before the Kennedy assassination etc.

Ado said...

Ha! The first Darkly comedic joke in...forever!

fotogogo said...

Yet, don't his feet look freakishly small?

sundaynight said...

Anyone can (and did) photograph the Mickey in flowers and Sleeping Beauty Castle, but this photographer is one of those rare folks who felt the urge to document a rather non-scenic view of Disneyland. Of course, this is the sort of picture we now cherish. It puts me right there with my Deluxe 15 ticket book already planning in my head what I’m gonna do first (Peter Pan – before it gets too crowded).

sundaynight said...

This photo of “Red Boy” needs to be printed and displayed at the Huntington Library – right next to Blue Boy and Pinkie.