Homeless Man and Marilyn Monroe Keeping Warm on a Steam Vent in Washington, DC

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    Manipulated composite image created with Paintshop Pro.The image of Marilyn Monroe is derived from picture that I took of a promotional statue of her that sat outside of the "Graffiti Audio Video" Store in Washington, DC. As movie buffs would know, that statue was in fact derived from some famous publicity photos of her posing with her skirt billowing as she stood over an air vent.
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    1. whirrdz 108 months ago | reply

      The skirt & grid photo was an augmented/idealized version of a scene from the 1955 film, "The Seven Year Itch."

      This photo-manipulation is an interesting juxtaposition.

    2. Will Burnham Photography [deleted] 107 months ago | reply

      What an incredible juxtaposition!

    3. One of those Allans 105 months ago | reply

      Clever. I wish this was real! It's an effective composite!

    4. Bill A 103 months ago | reply

      I've entered this into the Metaphoric/Conceptual Challenge (PASTICHE) based on my understanding of a "Pastiche" as a "musical, literary, or artistic composition made up of selections from different works : POTPOURRI b : HODGEPODGE" . This image is a composite or hodge-podge (which is another meaning of pastiche) of two images, one of which (the statue component) is clearly derivitive from a scene from the 1955 film , "The Seven Year Itch.", starring Marilyn Monroe

    5. Kathleen Venqueleir 103 months ago | reply

      wauw, very nice, such a dualistic image

    6. Bruners 103 months ago | reply

      This gets my vote

    7. mukuk11 102 months ago | reply

      first I thought it's an angel's statue - GREAT COMPOSITION! Bizarre, ironic, touching - makes you think...
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      ...
      I agree with "one-of-those-allens" : I wish this would be real (and not built ... though you did an extremely professional work on it!)

    8. anyjazz65 98 months ago | reply

      It's a good frame. Makes one think.
      I used this photo in a discussion about the iconic nature of the images of Marilyn Monroe over the past fifty years. Thanks.

    9. Maajaaa 91 months ago | reply

      looks pretty realistic , beautiful !

    10. anyjazz65 91 months ago | reply

      Over the past 7 months, this frame has become one of the most popular on the blog page. It is an excellent example of the icon. Keep up the good work.

    11. Bill A 91 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the positive feedback. This image is certainly the most successful image that I've posted to flickr, judging by number of views that it has received, the number of comments, and people who have flagged it as a "favorite".

    12. Bill A 88 months ago | reply

      Sure, "curious-feline", I'll try to supply motivating factors that resulted in this composite image. One is that the homeless are people who, in many cases, have experienced a loss of dignity and of respect from society because of their circumstances and behavior. Relating to these issue, I came across the following quotes from an article written by Gloria Steinem in 1986:

      "Aside from her beautiful face, which women envied, she [Marylyn Monroe] was nothing like the female stars that women moviegoers have made popular. Those stars offered at the least the illusion of being in control of their fates - and perhaps having an effect on the world.... Marilyn Monroe was still close to the humiliating stereotype of a dumb blonde: depersonalized, sexual, even a joke. Yet few women yet had the self-respect to object on behalf of their sex, as one would object on behalf of a race or religion..."

      "I have always had a talent for irritating women since I was fourteen," Marilyn wrote in her unfinished auto-biography. "Sometimes I've been to a party where no one spoke to me for a whole evening. The men, frightened by their wives or sweeties, would give me a wide berth. And the ladies would gang up in a corner to discuss my dangerous character."

      So Marilyn Monroe must have felt at a party much like a homeless man might feel, were he to attend a social function whose other guests were middle class citizens who harbored the typical fears and suspicions of his possible dangerous character and of his erratic behavior.

      I'm glad "curious-feline" that you brought this question about my Marilyn Monroe image up when you did. I recently executed a self portrait in which the persons that I am depicted with are homeless, and was taken in a Baltimore homeless shelter:



      Self Portrait Watching Television

      In this image, or in any of my other self portraits, do I resemble a dangerous character who might behave erratically and whom people should fear?

      I hope the viewer of my set of self-portraits realizes that there is a strong theatrical element present in my appearance in these portraits, as there was in Marilyn Monroe's public and screen personas. So I could claim some connection of Ms. Monroe in at least that regard!

    13. anyjazz65 88 months ago | reply

      Excellent background material.

      My own interpretation parallels yours greatly but yours fills in the details and color. I saw only the iconic nature of the two totally polar images blended into one.

      It is still one of the most visited pages on my blog. And it's been there a year.

    14. paranoidandreas 59 months ago | reply

      insane! great combo

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