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This is dedicated to my street-shooting friends here at TE -- a skill that I still lack the temerity to practice! Kristin, how do you do it? I could only manage this one because the subject was a small child AND I was "hiding behind" (sort of, as I was clearly climbing on) a statue!

The statue is "El Viejo y el Mar?" (The Old Man and the Sea? -- and yes, I believe the artist intended to include the question mark in the title) by Guillermo Gómez Macias. I've included a "catalog shot" as a WS here so you can see the entire piece. At first appearance, he is a rather silly-looking old man!

But there is a poem on the brass plate -- perhaps he is not so silly after all!

El viejo y el Mar?

Tengo un barco de papel…
Está hecho de una página
el la que escribí mis ilusiones.
No tiene anclas ni tiene amarras.
Quiero navegar en él,
de los siete mares, en el octavo,
donde sé, encallaré en el puerto anhelado.
…ha visto alguien brillar la luz de su faro?

Here is my best attempt at translation...

The old man and the sea?

I have a paper boat...
It is made of a page
on which I have written my dreams.
It has no anchors or mooring ties.
I want to wander on it,
from the seven seas, on to the eighth,
where I know, I will land in the desired port.
...has anyone seen the light of its lighthouse shining?

Best regards, everyone!

Russ
Austin, Texas

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Additional Photos by Russ Ham (EstudioChispa) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 228 W: 74 N: 431] (1846)
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