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© Andrea Petersen
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My days are swifter than a post...they pass away as the swift ships.
Job 9: 25-26

This is a scanned print that I shot with my Canon T 60 film camera on June 8, 1995...The gentleman on this picture was 83 years old at the time and he was a Historian and Tour Guide of a Railroad Depot Museum.... He regaled the tourists with anecdotes of railroad stories and seafaring tales ..

He had an array of framed photographs on the walls to which he pointed out facts of interest.. Suddenly he stopped in the middle of one of his stories to yell very loudly through the foghorn..."HEAR YE....HEAR YE... SHIPS AHOY." I caught that deafening sound bite through this shot and in my ears.

I remember he ushered us through the gift shop before we left where there were racks of tee shirts, post cards, and other mementos, amongst which he showed us a perfectly woven basket made by orioles building a nest and a rare small statue of liberty holding both the torch and a Bible.

I just found this old photo today with notes that I had written about it and it brought back memories I had almost forgotten about. I doubt the elderly man in this picture is still living as he would be 100 years old if he were still alive today.

Update: I am correcting myself...It is a megaphone this man is hollering through.

A foghorn, is a horn for sounding warning signals in fog or darkness, used especially on ships, buoys, and coastal installations. 2. A booming, insistent voice. I had written it as a foghorn in my notes in 1995...(Wrong word.)

A megaphone which he is using is a funnel-shaped device used to direct and amplify the voice. It has taken me 17 years to find and correct my mistake:) However, both the foghorn and megaphone are loud and booming..

Thank you so much Heather (JanElle) for the courtesy of the spotlight..
Thank you also JPG for the honor of featuring this photograph in the blog..

33 responses

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (13 Mar 2012):

    I can almost feel the vibes from that foghorn. It stands out so well against a very interesting background here. This is a wonderful capture and a terrific entry for the theme!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (13 Mar 2012):

    Thank you Heather...I appreciate your comment...I had a hard time deciding
    which was a better choice to use for this challenge the violinist or this one...
    but since so many others had submitted pictures with music I wanted to enter something different ....I do know I will never forget the sound of the foghorn.

  • Ken O'Brien

    Ken O'Brien gave props (14 Mar 2012):

    Great entry.The photos on the wall look very interesting too.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (14 Mar 2012):

    I like both entries Andrea,but this one is my fav because it is so unique.

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (14 Mar 2012):

    I like this one best too! I tried to find something different for this theme too! Excellant !!!!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (14 Mar 2012):

    Perfect theme shot, Andrea! I love the treatment, and I agree with everyone else.....this is a great choice!

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (14 Mar 2012):

    Cool find! Well seen and presented!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (15 Mar 2012):

    Serving up a feast for the senses in JPG's Theme Park.

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (15 Mar 2012):

    I like a lot the violinist, but I have to admit that this one makes a good choice for the theme as well.

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (15 Mar 2012):

    The picture is delightful and interesting.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (15 Mar 2012):

    Thank you all for commenting on this photo..I saw by the notes I kept during
    that time that this was shot with existing light and a 400 speed film. I used
    a 50mm lens with F 2.8 to open to the light and a shutter speed of 1/60. I
    deepened the contrast in my scanner program otherwise I did nothing else
    to it...The existing light gives it a naturally warm appearance.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (15 Mar 2012):

    A wonderful memory and entry Andrea. He must have been passionate about his work. I am glad you remembered him.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (15 Mar 2012):

    wow, this is so great, Andrea !!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (15 Mar 2012):

    You can tell he loved his job! great job of capturing his personality.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (16 Mar 2012):


  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (17 Mar 2012):

    A wonderful entry Andrea!!!!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (17 Mar 2012):

    You made the right choice for the theme, Andrea. I have heard foghorns and it is something that you remember! I love the sound of them.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (18 Mar 2012):

    LOL. Wonderful choice for the theme.

  • Alwyn Scott Turner

    Alwyn Scott Turner said (18 Mar 2012):

    Interesting documentary image...and enlightening description to the backstory of the event.
    Wonderful sense of our common humanity in the substance and perspective...good work, Andrea...you can skillfully photograph...and I like the directness of your intelligence and the skill of your words....

  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi gave props (18 Mar 2012):

    Excellent theme entry! Makes me smile.

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (18 Mar 2012):

    Wow I can hear it on the N. Cal coast, this guy is great and so is this for the theme!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (20 Mar 2012):

    Perfect photo for the theme!

  • Alexandra Bogdan

    Alexandra Bogdan gave props (27 Mar 2012):

    very nice! I just love the setting

  • JPG

    JPG gave props (5 Apr 2012):

    Featured Photo - Best Of Photo Challenge: Sound Bites

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (5 Apr 2012):

    congrats on making the blog!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (5 Apr 2012):

    Oh my!!! Thank you JPG for the honor of featured photo... for Sound Bite...I am
    so grateful...and delighted!

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (5 Apr 2012):

    I thought this would totally rock the challenge......congrats!

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (5 Apr 2012):

    Congratulations, Andrea, on making the blog!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) said (6 Apr 2012):

    congrats Andrea!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (6 Apr 2012):

    Don't know how I missed the winner!! Congrats on the Blog!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (6 Apr 2012):

    A wonderful image and story! Congratulations on this photo being selected as one of the Best of Photo Challenge: Sound Bites. Great job!!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham said (7 Apr 2012):

    You made the blog!! Congratulations!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (7 Apr 2012):

    Thank you everyone for the congratulations...It is funny how a switch of plans leads to exciting adventures...I remember at the time that this event took place, my sister and I originally had planned to see the Laura Ingall Wilder's Museum but stopped at the railroad train depot museum first to get some directions. .We no sooner got out of the car when the gentleman in the above picture lured us in from the door of his depot with words of .."Come On in get your free candy and history (of the railroad depot that he was in charge of ) My sister and I eventually found the other museum later that we were looking for but there was no tour guide to entertain us there ...just an empty log cabin where L.I.W. and her family used to live in by gone days.

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