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Welcome to the online blog for traveler/writer/photographer Steven Barber. Come in. Relax. Take off your shoes and socks -- or any other article of clothing, this is the internet. Have a look around. I hope to intrigue, amuse, entertain, and maybe provoke you just a little. I love to find adventure. All I need is a change of clothes, my Nikon, an open mind and a strong cup of coffee.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


This falls more into the category of "Humor of the Day" than it does Travel Photograph. Heck, you can't even tell where we are, let alone see anything terribly representational. However, I've mentioned quite a few times that the best photographs tell a story.

This is not a great photograph, but I have a handful of shots that, to me, tell me a story...or at least suggest a story that must be told.

I was in downtown Portland on a photo walkabout when I passed the Police Headquarters building and noted a pair of lady's sandals on the sidewalk. No one around on what was, at the time, a relatively quiet street corner.  How had they gotten there? Why were they off the feet of the presumed owner? Is she now, somewhere in the city, wondering where her shoes are?

Somehow it appealed to my sense of humor and I took the shot. Granted, it's not a travel photo in any way other than the plaque noting the Police Headquarters, not even identifying the city involved -- nor is it a great composition. I am sure that a reasonably capable mystery writer could create something great with this as a jumping off point. Alas, I am not such a writer.

But for some reason it makes me smile and suggests a greater story may be afoot.

(Yes. Pun intended.)

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