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O'Reilly's Lobster Co-Op, Kennebunkport, Maine

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We went to Kennebunkport for a weekend, very pretty place. Very touristy too, you can see why, it might have been the model for Popeye's Fishing village...

The weather wasn't particularly kind to us, it was very overcast for most of the time we were there. I didn't feel very inspired, but maybe that was just my problem.

I was tempted to take some pictures around Walker's Point, but I thought the better of it...

The camera didn't come out of the case all weekend, it stayed in the car until it was time to bring it inside for the night. On the very last morning, I found this place, across the road from where we had dinner on the first night- I was walking around, it was tucked in slightly, you wouldn't have seen it from the car-

Having a soft spot for Americana, I went in, trying to find the owner- he wasn't there, but a friend of his rolled up, and told me that the owner didn't particularly like photographers- who does... but I could wait and ask him anyway. I hung around and he eventually showed up. Turns out that the reason he doesn't like photographers is that a few years ago, a photographer showed up and asked if he could take a picture- he said sure- and the next he heard of it was when it appeared as a full page ad in a magazine, as an example of what happens when you neglect maintenance-

Although the photographer had promised him compensation for the use of his property in advertising, it never turned up. So that's understandable then...

Eventually he agreed to let me on his property to take the picture. The weather wasn't great, but it wasn't great in a good way- waves of fog were rolling in, and there was a constant light drizzle. The atmosphere behind the shed looked like clouds of smoke...

Having shot nothing all weekend, I made three frames here, all pretty similar. As usual, my first composition was probably the best, but I'll put the other two up here anyway...

X-ray film again, 11x17. Varying degrees of damage, but I don't mind it so much on this one, for some reason. Maybe it goes along with the distressed nature of everything else in the picture- In a world where brand new objects are industrially distressed to give them a patina of authenticity, or where digital pictures can have distressed photoshop layers applied to them for exactly the same reason, perhaps genuine scratches are appropriate here.

And although this is a very carefully arranged tableau, the truck is Bob O'Reilly's very first truck, bought in the 50's in New Mexico- He and a friend paid their way through college by buying trucks, and fixing them up, but he never could part with this one...

Just to repeat a note I made in the 'Controls' page of the design section- This image was made using a large amount of both front and rear shift, to put the truck at the axial centre of the image- and a huge amount of front tilt, and a little swing, to put the plane of focus in a wedge running from the grille to the sign on the shop, and back to the floats on the left. Rear movements would have been entirely inappropriate, unless converging verticals and horizontals were acceptable. I used a Nikkor M 450mm on 11x17, so coverage wasn't an issue...