Clerk By The Sea

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© Jan Hoffman
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While visiting in Carmel (in California) I met this lady; a clerk in a sundries store on the main street. She gave me the history of this very old store and some of the tidbits about Carmel. I asked if I could take her picture and she agreed to "pose".

63 responses

  • Tip Crowley

    Tip Crowley gave props (30 Aug 2008):

    Haha, great "pose" and even greater hair.

  • Robert Duncan

    Robert Duncan   gave props (30 Aug 2008):

    Looks like a Lilly Tomlin character.

  • Yu-chun Chen

    Yu-chun Chen gave props (31 Aug 2008):


  • James Wei

    James Wei gave props (31 Aug 2008):

    wow, you took a shot in front of her face in the pharmacy? That is soo cool

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman said (31 Aug 2008):

    James -- yes I did; one shot she did not know about and this one, where she gave me permission to take her picture. She was a very nice lady and really knew her stuff about the store and the town. Found that all of the people living and working in Carmel were very hospitable and friendly.
    --Best wishes, Jan

  • Rebecca Joseph

    Rebecca Joseph said (2 Sep 2008):

    Cool and I love her hair.

  • Yannis Larios

    Yannis Larios gave props (3 Sep 2008):

    Well spotted portrait. Really conveys the character! Congrats Jan

  • Natalie S

    Natalie S gave props (3 Sep 2008):

    Love this portrait, Jan

  • Catherine Kurvink

    Catherine Kurvink gave props (4 Sep 2008):

    Ah, a dying breed...great portrait, Jan.

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (4 Sep 2008):

    good portrait, good entry!

  • Farras Abdelnour

    Farras Abdelnour gave props (4 Sep 2008):

    very neat capture!

  • Patricia Shanahan

    Patricia Shanahan gave props (5 Sep 2008):

    Looks like quite a character ! Love the hair! GREAT for the entry ! NICE shot !

  • Rhio9 (Rhio9)

    Rhio9 (Rhio9) (Deleted) said (9 Sep 2008):

    looks like my real estate agent in los angeles, the one who tried to get me a sub-prime home loan. instead, i took her out for a prime rib dinner and let her pay the bill! who says feminism is just an isolated alaskan igloo? you've got a cool photograph of pure americana: scam artist-meets-cosmetologist-meets-hairdresser-meets-alcoholic. i love the unassumed intrusion into this woman's privacy without ever once violating it. it's almost as if she was begging for it.

  • Howard Simpson

    Howard Simpson (Deleted) said (9 Sep 2008):

    I would have sworn she was from NYC. Is there a story there?

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman said (9 Sep 2008):

    Howard -- She had no accent detectable that would indicate East Coast. Unfortunately I did not stay long enough to get a backgrounder and I regretted it later.
    --Best wishes, Jan

  • Michael Lynch

    Michael Lynch gave props (12 Sep 2008):

    Excellent working portrait !

  • Tesha Farlow

    Tesha Farlow gave props (13 Sep 2008):

    nice love this capture

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (16 Sep 2008):

    Fantastic portrait shot! Love everything about it

  • Margo Edge

    Margo Edge said (21 Sep 2008):

    Unique and innovative. Even though it's a natural shot, there is something different about it.

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (22 Sep 2008):

    How cute she is!

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (28 Sep 2008):


  • tammie hayes-sharum

    tammie hayes-sharum gave props (2 Oct 2008):

    I love this, what yeat was it taken?

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman said (2 Oct 2008):

    Tammie -- the picture was taken in late July of this year, 2008.
    --Best wishes, Jan

  • Virginie Maillard

    Virginie Maillard (Deleted) said (2 Oct 2008):

    She's fantastic!

  • nema' etebar

    nema' etebar said (4 Oct 2008):


  • Kaki J. Luitjens

    Kaki J. Luitjens said (7 Oct 2008):

    She looks like a part of a Saturday Night Live skit. Love the hair! Great shot.

  • Sara Gomach

    Sara Gomach (Deleted) said (10 Oct 2008):

    Love this!

  • Nadia Cheema

    Nadia Cheema said (14 Oct 2008):

    Something about this photo that I just love!

  • markus zundel

    markus zundel gave props (17 Oct 2008):

    She just fits so perfect in that surrounding, it's unbelievable...

  • Kate Marshall

    Kate Marshall gave props (17 Oct 2008):

    for some reason, this looks so dated..great shot!

  • sabrinasikora

    sabrinasikora (Deleted) said (22 Oct 2008):

    Oh Honey! She is fantastic!

  • Gina Mantegna

    Gina Mantegna gave props (23 Oct 2008):

    Thanks!! She´s so weird :)

  • nema' etebar

    nema' etebar said (25 Oct 2008):

    glad to see this picture is hot and in this theme..

  • Cecily Alicea

    Cecily Alicea gave props (24 Nov 2008):

    She has great hair hahaha.


    LAM KHIN THET said (4 Dec 2008):

    Composition and title are great.

  • nema' etebar

    nema' etebar said (14 Dec 2008):

    still love this shot..

  • linda woods

    linda woods gave props (2 Feb 2009):

    Really nice "do." I notice that certain parts of Houston have a higher percentage of blue hairs and bouffantes than the rest of this big city. Are there certain genes that one either does or does not have that make you crave having your hair teased sky high and put into lacquered curls?

  • Peggy Maguire

    Peggy Maguire (Deleted) said (14 Mar 2009):

    Great candid Jan

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    Looks like she uses the products she sells by the seashore ;)

  • sebastien querec

    sebastien querec (Deleted) said (28 Apr 2009):

    She seems to be such a character. love the pic and love her..:-)

  • John Coleman

    John Coleman gave props (30 Apr 2009):


  • Jane Underwood

    Jane Underwood gave props (26 Jun 2009):

    Great expression you managed to elicit. And good choice of a well coiffed woman.

  • José Porcayo

    José Porcayo gave props (5 Jul 2009):

    This portrait is very interesting. I like your work Jan!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (20 Jul 2009):

    An excellent portrait Jan!

  • rachelrobichaux

    rachelrobichaux gave props (1 Aug 2009):

    great lady great photo

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck gave props (5 Aug 2009):

    Nice portrait!

  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (17 Aug 2009):

    a wonderful 'meet' Jan!

  • mac

    mac gave props (21 Aug 2009):

    great portrait!

  • Mark Williams

    Mark Williams gave props (25 Aug 2009):

    you gotta love her!

  • Latrenia Bryant

    Latrenia Bryant gave props (3 Sep 2009):

    LOL... I love it.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (24 Sep 2009):

    This just popped up in spotlight so I thought I'd give it a prop...Very cool entry.

  • MaYa Sinji Jung 정신지

    MaYa Sinji Jung 정신지 gave props (8 Nov 2009):

    She has so multi-identified hair style and face, of course her "pose" too! Amazing portrait with stories behind.

  • julianne feldman

    julianne feldman (Deleted) gave props (10 Nov 2009):

    i love this

  • Steven P. Perkins

    Steven P. Perkins said (3 Feb 2010):

    This photo alone is worth an entire exhibition.

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (11 Feb 2010):

    this is a fabulous portrait

  • Joseph

    Joseph (Deleted) gave props (8 Jul 2010):

    I love it.

  • Christina Storozkova

    Christina Storozkova (Deleted) gave props (16 Nov 2010):

    What a character!

  • Kim Roseberry

    Kim Roseberry gave props (24 Nov 2010):

    very real seems like the lady we always see at the store

  • Lisa Toleno

    Lisa Toleno (Deleted) gave props (16 Feb 2011):

    such a wonderful shot!

  • Irvin Kelly

    Irvin Kelly (Deleted) gave props (21 Feb 2011):

    Classic photo.

  • Kaki J. Luitjens

    Kaki J. Luitjens said (1 May 2011): a character from an SNL skit.

  • Alexandra Baltog

    Alexandra Baltog said (5 May 2011):


    nice portrait...

  • Kevin Gardner

    Kevin Gardner said (14 May 2011):

    Very classic photo. I love to meet new people whom I have never met. makes me want to meet this classy lady.

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