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Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 12 January 2010 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

...hello - hello - this is Tuesday, right?

Jesse - at the Metreon in San Francisco (2009)

Taken right after the 'photo machine twin Jessies' I posted last September -
"Jesse Jesse" -

I know the image isn't quite sharp - and here's why:

I managed to have us thrown out by security right after I made this capture. The phone had been removed from this station (another victim of the cell phone revolution). Jesse and I were just walking past, when suddenly she jumped up onto the base of the thing and struck this pose. I managed the shot but found myself near doubled with laughter. This got the attention of a couple of security-blazer types that told me I could not photograph on the premises without written permission.

Both security intruders were female and I would have thought they'd be more gracious at having a colorful gypsy speaking to her pinky finger - listening to her thumb - - - but Noooo...

I just revisited this shoot and realized that there are a bunch of images here that need to find the light of day. Victims of my needing to attend to clients' needs, no doubt. Well - I am grateful for the clients and for Jesse. I'll post some more when I get the opportunity.

[Tomorrow]: begins a series of images taken last Sunday - I emerged from my new home into a dense fog. What follows over the next several days is a different look at Oakland's Jack London Square - all taken that morning...

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Mirko Herzner from Germany

What a funny story behind this image, Stephen. Considering the circumstances this not-so-sharp example of photography might well be shown here :-)

12 Jan 2010 6:09am

Jerry - a moment in time [...] from Chicago, United States

lovely picture and story

12 Jan 2010 6:10am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

great story, more evidence that our world is going mad, cool shot, dont let them stop youi

12 Jan 2010 6:33am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

hehe, funny shot, and what a cool dress

12 Jan 2010 7:25am

djedfre from schaumburg, United States

once again, no complaints - she looks pretty sharp to me! (...don't you realize you're not supposed to take photos anywhere, anytime, anymore? i think we're all going to end up in international photojail someday!)

12 Jan 2010 9:10am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

The planet is full of killjoys these days Stephen!

12 Jan 2010 10:25am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

amusing scene !

12 Jan 2010 10:45am

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

Yeh, it's Tuesday ... :)

12 Jan 2010 10:54am

Marcie from Boston, United States

FUN!!! Love the colors in this..her playful expression.

12 Jan 2010 12:11pm

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West Wales boy), Germany

You hooligan Stephen :-)

12 Jan 2010 4:03pm

Garfield from Ancaster Ontario, Canada

Like the spontaneity behind this shot ... and she was wearing pretty cool colors and a cute expression too!

12 Jan 2010 5:14pm

Liang from San Francisco, United States

nice composition on this portrait stephen. great backdrop for her!

12 Jan 2010 6:51pm

philippe from dijon, France

Très belle image... amusante, bravo !

12 Jan 2010 7:27pm

Chris from South Jersey, United States

very clever and colorful image - such a shame that your laughter made it blurry and that "the fuzz" wouldn't let you continue......

12 Jan 2010 7:32pm

@Chris: Oh well - I've learned to accept what happens for the most part. Look at the bonus - - - it made for a good Tuesday posting and tale!

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

She is back! Fabulous!
Happy ST :))

12 Jan 2010 8:28pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Spontaneous moments like this are good for a lifetime. This is a great (if not sharp) photo of having fun at your work - both you and Jesse. The story line only makes it even better.

12 Jan 2010 11:19pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

I can't believe they tossed you out!! What kind of place is the Metreon? It's still an adorable shot of her.....It may not be perfection, but it sure gets the point across!!

12 Jan 2010 11:51pm

@Susan: Hi there Susan. The Metreon is an enormous cinema, Imax, restaurant, and entertainment complex two blocks south of Union Square in downtown San Francisco. It opened about 10 years ago under the Sony brand. Sony still has a store there but the center is now run by AMC / Lowe's.

David from Detroit, United States

What a charming photo. I love the pose, the attitude, the humor, and the color.

13 Jan 2010 2:02am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

What a live wire! best...jerry

13 Jan 2010 2:14am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

This is really cute. I love the yellow stockings and shoes.

13 Jan 2010 4:54am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

allo, Jesse! Happy new year!
Funny shot, Stephen, I like it a lot :)

17 Jan 2010 9:08am

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

It could have been worse, but the written permission claim is pure bullshit. Here's from an article in USA Today:

And yes, you can shoot on private property if it's open to the public. That includes malls, retails stores, Starbucks, banks, and office-building lobbies. If you're asked to stop and refuse, you run the risk of being charged with trespassing, but your pictures are yours. No one can legally take your camera or your memory card without a court order.

Photographer's Rights

19 Jan 2010 2:45am

@Twelvebit: It is so good hearing from you. Thanks so very much for this Andrew Kantor column. I've copied it and will carry a copy with me. It is well past my beddy-by time but I wanted to thank you and acknowledge your extended visit before conferring with the 'other side' - g'nite John - and joyous light...

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

This page of rights by an attorney is what I carry with me.

19 Jan 2010 10:03pm