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This display of pashminas for sale stopped me in my tracks in the Little Italy precinct of New York … but can you spot the odd one out?

What really caught my eye here was not just the colours, but the fact that they had been knotted on a horizontal display pole, with the beautiful fabric displayed in all its glory. It was late in the evening, so the light wasn’t good enough for a close-up view …..

In commerce, creativity is everything – or it should be. I saw a few other street vendors in New York selling pashminas, but this was by far the most creative display of the famous fabric. The “rope-like” overall effect almost evokes Lawrence of Arabia – or Lawrence of Suburbia, as the case may be!

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F5.6, 1/30 sec, ISO 800, focal length 125mm.

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nyc, usa, america, fabric, pashmina, ripley, new york, little italy, david mcmahon, lawrence of arabia, believe it or not, believe it or knot, lawrence of suburbia

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Comments

  • Donna Ridgway
    Donna Ridgwayalmost 4 years ago

    This is beautiful David!

  • Thank you, Donna. I did see some other street vendors in NYC selling pashminas, but they were not so creatively displayed!

    – David McMahon

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoalmost 4 years ago

    Marvellous! :-D

  • Thanks you, Ellis. In a corner of my mind, I suspected you might like this shot!

    – David McMahon

  • Indrani Ghose
    Indrani Ghosealmost 4 years ago

    Simply beautiful!

  • Thank you very much, Indrani. The last time I bought pashminas was in DehraDun.

    – David McMahon

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 4 years ago

    Brilliant work David and well spotted my friend. Don.

  • Thank you, Don. A pity that the light was fading so fast as dusk approached …..

    – David McMahon

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenalmost 4 years ago

    Great shot David……Very vivid and eyecatching !! Well spotted !!

  • Thanks, Sean …. I was intrigued by the patterns created by those simple knots and the way the soft fabric fell into folds.

    – David McMahon

  • Themis
    Themisalmost 4 years ago

    Showing them as they would look when worn was definitely a good choice – and it’s well spotted, as usual – well done!

  • I guess the person who should really be congratulated is the stall-holder, but I couldn’t help lining up the shot of the display. My thanks, Themis!

    – David McMahon

  • Shubd
    Shubdalmost 4 years ago

    Great colors David and the title is just as colorful :)

  • Thank you, Shubd – and I’m delighted that you like the title as well.

    – David McMahon

  • Munggo
    Munggoalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture and lighting!!

  • Thank you, Steve. It was dusk and the light was already on the wrong side of sufficient, but I just had to have the shot!

    – David McMahon

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTalmost 4 years ago

    lovely shot

  • Thank you, JustArt – I’m confident you would have taken the same shot as well.

    – David McMahon

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 4 years ago

    Great title!

  • Thank you, Shulie. Very glad you like the choice of title!

    – David McMahon

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