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Saturday, June 09, 2007

PDA

Many years ago I became acquainted with the acronym PDA - no, not Personal Digital Assistant, but Public Display of Affection. According to the 17th revised edition of Emily Post's Etiquette (which is up to date with sections on cell phone behavior, Internet behavior, drugs etc.) the PDA is "In public, holding hands and exchanging pecks on the cheek with your significant other can be charming, but prolonged and passionate embraces and soul kisses are always inappropriate." Although views of this behavior vary considerably across various cultures (in France we have "démonstration publique d'affection"), generally it is frowned upon. In some countries it is outlawed. Although some are OK with this behaviour, most of my reading on the subject saw words and phrases like yuck, ick, disgusting, tacky, not cool and the ever popular suggestion "get a room". This couple in the photo was going at it for a minimum of 2 hours, barely coming up for air (Click here for a previous post of a different romantic encounter.) I had reservations of posting this photo and opted for a deliberately processed photo to minimize recognizability of our two lovebirds. I hope you like the result...

11 comments:

Merisi said...

If Monet would have had a camera he would have shot pictures like that one. :-)

Brian said...

Thanks - I had not intention of doing this when I started working with the photo. It just evolved. My first foray into an substantial alteration of a photo and an art thing. I enjoyed it.
Brian

Dsole said...

PDA! interesting!
Lovely photo! really lovely! :)

Oya said...

Brian, I liked all of your photos...

Steve Buser said...

Captured well, the treatment really addes to it. The subjects are obviously very skilled

GE said...

Nice treatment.

I tend not to photograph PDAs but have done so occasionally -- have only rarely published such except as part of a bigger picture.

Like the artistic treatment here which works well - very French impressionist style.

Nathalie said...

I LOVE THE RESULT!
At some stage as the photo was loading I also thought it could be a Monet. The treatment of the photo really works well.

Being French I have no problem with PDAs.

Brian said...

Steve- If not skilled, they were tenacious.
ge - Thanks
Nathalie - Thanks. Being of French ancestry, I suppose I should have no problem either.

Brian

Lavenderlady said...

Now this treatment turns it in to a photo that is much more interesting than the original would have been. Good job!

Sally said...

I love PDAs, wherever, whenever. What's not to like? And this photo treatment is gorgeous.

Brian said...

lavenderlady, sally;
Thanks - I got better response tha I expected to this photo treatment, which is encouraging. Perhaps a new direction to explore ...
Brian