1810 Overture by Christopher Barker

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A series of shoes tied together and thrown over a power line in a neighborhood north of San Francisco. There are many reasons why people do this, much of it up to interpretation, but when I see them dangling there it looks like notes on a piece of sheet music set to the beat of the city and people who place them there.

San Francisco, California

Circa 2002


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A photographer who was born in a coal chute; to a mother who was literally squatting over it, in rural West Virginia. He managed to stave off black lung while splitting firewood in the backwoods of Kentucky for a four fingered accountant and Veteran of WWII. After dodging improvised explosive devices and periodic mortar/small arms fire in a far away land; he now whiles away his time digging in the Colorado dirt, occasionally finding the strength to raise his lazy hand to snap a picture or two.

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  • Murray Newham
    Murray Newhamalmost 7 years ago

    haha yes! nice interpretation..

  • Christopher Barker
    Christopher Ba...almost 7 years ago

    Thanks, mren.

  • Lucy Hollis
    Lucy Hollisover 6 years ago

    Looks like it must be an organ fugue!

  • Nanmarie
    Nanmariealmost 6 years ago

    Your idea certainly trumps what I was told about gangs marking their territory. I remember when we were kids, it was just to see if we could do it! and of course point them out to our friends as having succeeded. Awesome image. LOVE IT.

  • It was definitely not a great neighborhood, but I wanted to possibly change the way we view some things.

    – Christopher Barker

  • Nanmarie
    Nanmariealmost 6 years ago

    oops! feel free to delete my comment. Sorry!!!!

  • No. You are absolutely right!

    – Christopher Barker

  • Caterpillar
    Caterpillaralmost 4 years ago

    Great shot ;))

  • Thanks so much Cat!

    – Christopher Barker

  • Victor Bezrukov
    Victor Bezrukovalmost 4 years ago

    toons of drugs here !!!
    great collection !

  • Ha, probably! Thanks for checking it out WFR!

    – Christopher Barker

  • faceart
    faceartalmost 4 years ago

    Who in gods name had that crazy idea? Brilliant!

  • Much appreciated Klaus!

    – Christopher Barker

  • ranjay
    ranjayalmost 4 years ago


  • Can’t you hear the music! Ha.

    – Christopher Barker

  • en-joy
    en-joyalmost 4 years ago

    Who ever had the idea … it´s cool!

  • Thanks Joy!

    – Christopher Barker

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