12/6/13

The OVER THE SHOULDER SHOT IN THE KITCHEN category


I'll admit I'm obsessed with collecting snapshots. I love them. I love that they make me laugh. And I love when I discover a "category" within which to group some shots.

I like to think of categories as an obsession of their own. I've read about people who only collect photos of dogs or maybe shots which show the photographers thumb intruding into the frame. It's because of this that I create categories. I like to think of some poor soul out there only looking for photos of "women in kitchens looking over their shoulders." Their collection will be small, but I'm guessing they'll show it with pride, though no family member will understand and when they pull out the album to show it to friends eyes will roll.

So in the future, when you see a photo like the ones below consider yourself lucky that you found a shot for this obscure category. Don't hold your breath on their being an academic tome released anytime soon.


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This shot was originally published on November 13th.


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This shot was originally published on July 30th. As you can see I'm building an impressive collection of this category. I might die before I get ten of them, but it won't be for not trying. I vow I will never subject visitors to a sit down viewing of them in an album.


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I do have to say I think there might be a sub-category going on here, but only for people in the US who are, let's say...older. I'm thinking I might have stumbled upon a photo of a Charlie Weaver in drag impersonator in the first shot. Maybe it's just me remembering Charlie in the lower left corner of Hollywood Squares, which was a daily fix of absurdity whenever I was home sick from school.

This is my submission for Sepia Saturday. While others present logical posts about family history, I give you strangers cooking. Makes sense to me.

15 comments:

  1. Makes perfect sense to me too, thanks for the laugh T+L :-)

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  2. Delightful, perhaps I need to reconsider ways to sort out old photos too, I love the category idea....November 13 is my birthday, perhaps there was a party going on! :-)

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  3. A terrific category that has a Norman Rockwell quality about it. The first snapshot even gives us the aroma of home cooking. I have a few photos of my grandmother in a similar kitchen pose that I can still hear, taste, and smell.

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  4. It definitely could be a category - even today people enjoy sneaking up on the cook from behind - not the most flattering shot.

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  5. Sorting by categories might be a bit of a strain but why not? In my case I might have to think in subcategories and even then there would be overlaps.

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  6. I collect many categories of postcards. One of my favorites is kitchen ads, especially those that include a woman in the picture.

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  7. I love this -- I think putting the snaps in categories is a great idea. And these are a riot. I have shots like these and i never thought of calling them that...funny..

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  8. I mainly put things in categories hoping they'll be incredibly stupid or silly. Don't actually think I put all of them in one folder. I sort them in my dusty brain and they make me laugh. I'm still looking for more to add to my "Fart Fairy" category. It's an especially difficult one to find.

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  9. Wonder who these women are and why someone was selling their kitchen snaps.

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    1. A good question that will never have an answer.

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  10. A good category! I'll start watching for them right away!

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  11. What fun. I like the way you think:)

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  12. You are sending me back to my collection looking for those "over the shoulder in the kitchen" shots. I am sure I have one, at least.

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  13. I have a few kitchen snaps which would fit in here.Another category I have is mouth open when eating. They are so unflattering.

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  14. An interesting category.

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