Photographing Valentine Texas and the Prada Art Display
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Valentine’s name refers to the date of its founding in 1882 by a Southern Pacific Railroad construction crew: February 14. Valentine is a town that once was. Now it has a population of around 180 souls, at least one horse, some chickens and not much else. EXCEPT for the really odd work of art erected a bit outside of town. It’s the Prada art display.
The New York times, being the liberal rag it is, got the description all wrong by calling it a store. In fact, it’s called a store all over the internet, but IT IS NOT A STORE! Its a work of art.
Hell, I don’t know why, I don’t know art. The entire building with its contents is a work of art and not a store. There are no clerks, there is no way to get into the building because it’s kept locked. There are no prices, no descriptions of the products on display. Yeah, it’s weird! There is a sign right next to the building that describes it as a work of art.
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This picture was taken with the Nikon D90 and I had the Nikkor 18-200mm lens attached. Aperture priority, ISO 200, f/4, 1/1600. There were a couple of men working on the building, so I got really lucky and got to shoot into the building with the door open. They would not let me cross the threshold, and that was OK because the shelves were right inside the door. this is a very small building.
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The shelves with shoes ran the entire width of the building. Only one shoe of each line was on display and as you can see, no prices, no decriptions. I had to google “Prada” to get an idea of the kinds of prices these things sold for. The average price for a Prada shoe is about $800.00 and the purses sell for about $1,200.00. That’s enough to make my nose bleed. I guess the rich really are different.
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This “work of art” kind of reminded me of the kitch that was so prevalent on Route 66.
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