people believing they're unobserved

Concerning people in their 'secret' state, i passed a cubicle at work at the exact moment that the woman who worked in it happen to lift up her purse and smell of it.


She saw me go by and i slowly backed up and asked, "Did you just smell your purse?"


"You know," she laughed, "I did. You caught me sniffing my purse."


"Do you mind if i ask why?"


"It's kinda funny. My mother-in-law smelled my purse yesterday and i just remembered that and so wanted to see what she was smelling."


We both laughed and though i was tempted to bring out my wallet and sniff it, i did not. I walked off. When i told a friend about the encounter she asked bluntly, "Well, what did it smell like?"


That, for some reason, i felt was none of my business. I wonder why?

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  • Paul Glazier PRO 8y

    Great story, wonderful image.
  • ブルノ サンパイオ 8y


    a perfect post
  • Greg Turner 8y

    I love the unexpected perspective here. The horse shoe also offers an interesting metaphorical touch
  • Marc Belanger 8y

    The arrow really gives them away!
  • ed ed PRO 8y

    excellent, and the story...the horseshoe adds yet another layer...
  • Clark Mackey PRO 8y

    I smell books. There. I said it.
  • zen Sutherland PRO 8y

    well, to be honest. I like the smell of old books. It's as if the words and the aging edges of the paper give an antique feeling to them. Like wine, or something.
  • hobvias sudoneighm PRO 8y

    always coming from a different perspective, you.
  • Brenda Anderson PRO 8y

    I love how the arrow points right at them!
  • Wahoo 8y

    There aren't many of us purse sniffers around anymore. Another loss for mankind, I fear.
  • Bruce Grant PRO 8y

    man, you just knock me out...
  • Anne Hennessey PRO 8y

    Wonderful photo of an intimate moment, with an amazing arrow pointing. This is a gem. I love the story too. Thanks for sharing it. My husband and son both like to smell gifts and new things. My son to such a degree that his sisters watch for it and laugh delightedly (they're adults now). I like my own foot smell but don't tell anyone.
  • vanya lambrecht-ward 8y

    fan tas tic!!
  • Luciano Silva 8y

    Great shot!! Perfect!
  • unixben 8y

    Great angle!

    Please post this image in the RAW Street Photography group
  • IttyBittyMyMy 8y

  • llorra 8y


    interesting shot! great juxtaposition :)
  • Chris Lockhart 6y

    I just came across this again in my favorites, and noticed how similar to one I just took..

    Planning to Cross Rankin Avenue by limeadeStudio
  • La Nove 6y

    Hey nice shot! And thank you so much for putting a creative commons license on it :) I used it for the web site of the organization I'm working for (we take care of international volunteering projects).
    The link is but we are still working to renew it, it should be ready by next'll just need to have a look at "servizio volontariato europeo" and then "informazioni per volontari stranieri" and you will see it! :)

    Thanks again!

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