One of the more difficult photography habits for me to break is wanting to show as much as possible, which usually means shooting an object in its entirety. Sometimes it’s much more interesting and potentially a better composition by showing parts of an object or focusing on specific details. The viewers’ mind will fill in the rest.
This photograph is of the front doors to the Foon Hop grocery store in the Chinese community of Locke, CA in the Sacramento Delta region. I posted another photo from this store last week in “Signage, Wall Colors“. Compared to the vivid colors of that post, I decided to give this photo the B&W treatment.
Though the original owners of the stored constructed and opened the store in 1915 and closed in 1935, the Lucky Strike decal on the window indicates another owner ran the store post 1955. At the bottom of the Lucky Strike box are the letters L.S/M.F.T. That stood for the slogan “Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco” which was used starting in 1955.
EXIF data: Nikon D50, patterned metering mode, 30mm, ISO 200, 1/10 sec, f/8
Storefront Door, Decals. Locke, California. May 15, 2011. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.