Monday, March 16, 2009

Octopus lady

Every once in a while I make an excuse to visit the octopus lady that's down in the old Casino on the boardwalk in Asbury Park; yesterday afternoon I went over with the intention of photographing some of the other public art that's on display while the building is being revamped, but my lens was drawn to her, again.

There's something about this mural that feels very out of place there and yet very right for being surrounded by a building that's falling apart all around her. It amuses me to watch the contrast of yuppy joggers and local bums strolling beneath her coquettish glance, seemingly unaware of the change to the city she might portend.

Some more pics from the Casino are in
this post.


Rabbits' Guy said...

A real piece of work there ... here, someone did quite a good rendition of The Scream on the sidewalk across from a row of derelict buildings waiting to be demolished! It lasted quite awhile!

NCmountainwoman said...

I love her! Reminds me of the old carnival days at the beach.

dguzman said...

You really are a great photographer. Nice work, Laura. And I can see why you're drawn to the spot--so much atmosphere. And you captured it beautifully.

gardenpath said...

I hope the mural is saved if they ever take the building down.

Good luck with your job. So sad, your work is needed.

MojoMan said...

Great photo! Perhaps we shouldn't psycho-analyze why you are so drawn to her. I'm with NCMountainWoman: She reminds me of the days when simple things like arcades, boardwalks and carnivals could be thrilling and even a little scary for little kids.