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Hampshire Life photo gallery: Full circle

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  • Division Street in Holyoke, about 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

Published: 11/29/2019 9:52:55 AM

More often than not the photos in these weekly galleries do not include people. The images rarely hinge on someone’s actions — that would be a recipe better suited to the pages of the daily edition. But after I noticed these “sunspot” reflections created by a series of windows on the opposing side of Division Street in Holyoke last week, I felt like the barren sidewalk below them just seemed too stark. Nothing at all like the afternoon bustle on High Street just a few feet away.

Ironically, I had to wait quite a while for anyone to amble down that side of the street.

Afterwards, when I caught up to these two folks and introduced myself, they asked why I was taking pictures. While I was trying to explain about the reflections, I also showed them the photo. That worked much better.

They immediately liked the picture, but also said they didn’t want their names used. So, in a double-reverse logic kind of way, that bounced the image back to being about the composition and not the people, as I had first seen it.

Text and photo by Kevin Gutting

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