An Italian Shootout?

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UploadedDecember 8, 2009
TakenJune 14, 2009
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When surrounded by buildings and streets that speak of rich historical pasts and master craftsmen and artisans, I find it extra shocking when I come across scenes that scream of the not so good things of the present, like this one I captured in Perugia, capital city of the Italian region of Umbria.

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  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (7 Dec 2009):

    Wow....very disturbing! Are they trying to sell this clothing?!?!?

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) gave props (7 Dec 2009):

    Possibly the weirdest marketing campaign in the free world. Maybe you should enter this in the "WTF" theme! LOL

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (8 Dec 2009):

    Disturbing it is! What exactly are they selling?

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (9 Dec 2009):

    I still find this very unsettling. I posted it because I view it as an example of marketing at its worst, an attempt to sell s new line of mass produced jeans to youth through a shocking and strange image, and no doubt a number of them will not only find this cool, but at the very least be drawn into the shop because of it. Of course your take on this could be entirely different. Interested in everyones opinion.

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (9 Dec 2009):

    Wow, that is really strange. What a find!!

  • Tori Lindo

    Tori Lindo gave props (9 Dec 2009):

    Not something I would run out & buy maybe they are trying to sell to the craftsmen. It looks like an ad for someone painting a bill board or a wall. Well captured.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (9 Dec 2009):

    It is really surprising to it here, But here in the US, when I see this ad, it looks like an ad by Gap or Old Navy. Kind of find it very interesting. Awesome find Deb!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (9 Dec 2009):

    Crazy! Love it. Perugia has been in the news quite a bit lately!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (10 Dec 2009):

    It does look disturbing to me also! Maybe the Italian people view it in a different light. Very interesting consumerism photo!!!

  • dp *

    dp * said (11 Dec 2009): does suck me in wondering WTF, but it appears they are doing a better job of selling the boots. Wonderful entry! dp

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (11 Dec 2009):

    I agree with you. It is a bizarre way to sell anything, but even worse to link young people to scenes of violence. I have to wonder how many jeans they would sell here in the USA; a question whose answer I may not want to know. Great shot and observation, Deb.

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman gave props (11 Dec 2009):

    Perhaps it is a commentary on their local court system and prosecutor.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (11 Dec 2009):

    Good one, Jan, and very timely.

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (11 Dec 2009):

    Super find and well photographed!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (12 Dec 2009):

    Killer entry.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (13 Dec 2009):

    Whatever we think of it , it made a perfect entry to this theme...

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (13 Dec 2009):

    Wow! This is something that one rarely sees in marketing clothing and it definitely would make one stop in their tracks to either buy the clothing or walk away from it.

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (14 Dec 2009):

    Excellent and funny. Got an A+

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (14 Dec 2009):

    Whoah! Someone's got a warped sense of humour Deb! Don't think I'll be shopping there for my Christmas presents. For a marketing ploy it's certainly different. Good one for the theme.

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (15 Dec 2009):

    What a unusual display. But you know other cultures have been exposed to somany different things and events. What may seem bizarre to us may be really the norm for them..

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (16 Dec 2009):

    Geez, who owns it? The Italian Mafia? What they won't do for the almighty buck.

  • jan-louise haller

    jan-louise haller gave props (21 Apr 2010):

    Great one for this theme !

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