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Dog Days of Summer


Outside a shopping mall in Breda, Netherlands, en route to city center.


Dog Days of Summer


Outside a shopping mall in Breda, Netherlands, en route to city center.


comments (50)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 18 Jul 2011, 02:17
Narcissism...each with his back to the others...

Great shot, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Narcissism or their final defense? Thanks, Ray.
  • Paule
  • United States
  • 18 Jul 2011, 04:40
Looks like summer.

Ginnie Hart: Indeed, Paule.
All the handsome young men...
Ginnie Hart: ...and nowhere to go! smile Thanks, Elizabeth.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 18 Jul 2011, 06:32
These mannequins represent the retail trade's ideal customers Ginnie, all in their early 20s. I notice this is a UK phenomenon too. Unfortunataly people of that age tend to have little or no money: so a lot of these places are pointless
Ginnie Hart: I suppose you're right, Chris. My guess, then, is that the parents still foot the bill?!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Jul 2011, 06:46
Jolly Wood indeed... LOL at Chris' comment.
I hope the shop sells raincoats and umbrella's too, it is a rainy summer in Holland.....
Great 'street view'.
Ginnie Hart: Jollywood, Bollywood, Hollywood. They'like to think they have it all, I guess. Bedankt, MLMV.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 18 Jul 2011, 07:08
Breda must be a town with international flair - Dutch- French- English/American words- Rodin's 'Citizens of C.' in a modern version - only young and fit men but there is a rollator for older and disabled persons on the left side? - an interesting ensemble and photograph!
Ginnie Hart: Something for everyone, Philine? smile Bedankt.
Scruffy lot ...aint they. {grin]
Ginnie Hart: You could say that, Richard. smile
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 18 Jul 2011, 07:10
now those are some UGLY outfits lolol fashion these days, meh.... nice shot tho lolol
Ginnie Hart: This actually was from last year, Elaione, but my guess is the fashion hasn't changed much, if at all. smile Thanks.
If only we stayed this shape, or is it just an illusion to begin with.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Life is an illusion, or so they say, Martin. smile Thanks.
Nothing a good iron would put right, i hate clothes with creases in them.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I learn something new about you every day, Mick. grin
  • Aussie
  • Rocky
  • 18 Jul 2011, 08:54
Unreal capture! lol
Ginnie Hart: Too life-like for me, Aussie. I did a second-take the minute I saw them. smile Thanks.
Does the one on his own on the right have a personal hygiene problem?
Ginnie Hart: I think he was heading things off at the pass, Bill. smile Thanks.
Well seen and shot smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, John.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 18 Jul 2011, 09:50
Good fashion maybe a little young for me
Ginnie Hart: You're never too young, Vintage. grin
Well frozen, Ginnie - what shutter speed did you use?
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Tom. Assuming the camera doesn't lie, the EXIF says 1/400s. If you put your cursor over the image, do you get the same info I do???
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Jul 2011, 09:58
[email protected] Rays comment. One of them is a bit worse for wear smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Scarlet. smile Thanks.
Breda, you could have stopped by at my house, I live just outside Breda
Ginnie Hart: Really, Chantal?! This was taken a year ago when we were there. I'm pulling images from my unassigned bin. smile
Nice shot, Ginnie.
I noticed they are all wearing security tags so they don't walk off the job. smile
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! Good eye, Jimi. smile Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 18 Jul 2011, 10:59
Eentje halen zonder afspraak? Kan lekker worden.
Ginnie Hart: If you say so, Louis. smile Bedankt.
Oh, it's pretty cool in England at the moment.
Today's only 15...
I saw people wearing scarves and gloves yesterday! Ha~
Ginnie Hart: Actually, this was taken last year, LC, so you're right...it've very cool here, too. I'm even wearing a hoodie here at the laptop...as well as gloves. grin
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 Jul 2011, 11:32
I always like a good shot of manikins - these chaps doing their best to look hip and cool. Wonderful Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Mike. I took a second-take on these guys because they looked so real when I first saw them.
I remember when I was young and slim Ginnie. Ha, those days are long past. Just returned from a long road trip. We spent a day in Atlanta visiting a friend. I had my first Turkish coffee! Now I'm hooked :^)
Ginnie Hart: Atlanta??? That's where I lived for 25 years (north of the Perimeter). It's a small world after all. Welcome back and thanks.
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Jul 2011, 12:22
very nice.
oh inside it looks like summer, but outside :-((
Ginnie Hart: Bedankt, Petra, and you are so right. I have my sweatshirt on right now, with gloves on my hands here at the laptop! Brrrr. This summer has been more like autumn. I wonder if autumn will be like summer?
One terribly lonely outsider !
Ginnie Hart: He's heading things off at the pass, Wim. smile Bedankt.
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 18 Jul 2011, 13:02
I wish...I was young enough to wear that gear and/or it was warm enough to do so...I can hear the wind and the rain on the roof as I write. Brrr!
Ginnie Hart: Actually, George, this was taken a year ago when it was much warmer than now. I think we have autumn and summer turned around this year. I'm sitting here with my sweatshirt and gloves on! smile
Haha, it appears that all their money was spent on their summer duds, Ginnie, with nothing left over to shod their feet.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Well observed, Beverly. Spoken like a true mother. grin Thanks.
Love this shot! They look like some kind of surfer gang...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, JP. Indeed. I can see it. smile
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 18 Jul 2011, 15:31
All I can say is, 'Cheer up it might never happen'.
Ginnie Hart: HA! The way it looks now, Chad, is that autumn and summer will be totally reversed...or we'll miss summer altogether and have a very long fall!
Good shot Ginnie, I thought it was a male chorus line up in a stage show from the thumbnail.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Not a bad idea, Brian. smile Thanks for the smile.
I haven't seen this before when the shop window occupants go outside. Nice shot Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: I know, Janet! I had a second look myself when I saw it. smile Thanks.
They look so lifelike Ginnie! Fabulous colors,light and detail in this superb capture!!
Ginnie Hart: Yhank you, Pavan. I did a double-take when I first saw them. smile
  • Fokkio
  • The Netherlands
  • 18 Jul 2011, 17:01
Nice shot Ginnie.
These are dog days, but where's the summer? ;-)
Have a nice evening.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Fooko. No summer here yet. I'm in my sweatshirt and wearing gloves at my laptop. Astrid says we'll have some hot days when autumn comes. HA!
Fun capture.. there must be a story here...love your composition...
Ginnie Hart: Can you imagine having to take those men in and out of the story every day, Gale! THAT'S the story, I think. smile Thanks.
Good eye and a great find Ginnie....it speaks of the nature of so many human beings loosing their individuality....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Peter. You do have a point! Keeping up with the Joneses and all that.
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 18 Jul 2011, 19:01
Oh what a beautiful capture. All the good looking ones.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Thanks, Maria. smile
  • crash
  • United States
  • 18 Jul 2011, 20:14
feels like the dog days of summer out side !!!!!!
Ginnie Hart: This was taken last year, Dennis, when it was much hotter here than right now. Today I'm wearing my sweatshirt at 58 F.
  • Marie
  • France
  • 18 Jul 2011, 21:53
superbe, j'aime bien la lumière et les couleurs.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Marie. Merci.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Jul 2011, 23:03
They don't look to happy in their posing for the camera ;-)
Ginnie Hart: Pretty static and dead-in-the-pan, Cherie. Agreed! Thanks. smile
Excellent photo Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kind sir. Merci.
They should be out enjoying the sun smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! You're very right, Michael. smile Thanks.
They haven't gone very far since the last time you showed us these quiet fashion conscious folks Ginnie lolgrin....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure they went in over the night for a good sleep, Peter, but just like that, there they are again this morning! grin
Breda... Spend my childhood there. Up till Iwas 14.Nice shot Ginnie, odd place for dummies display
Ginnie Hart: It's a fabulous city, Marion. I hope you have many good memories from there! Bedankt.
  • tede
  • France
  • 19 Jul 2011, 10:05
Superbly realistic these models, Ginnie splendid shot. Nice day.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Tede. Merci.
  • Rob
  • United States
  • 19 Jul 2011, 14:59
Summer fashion in it's finest. It is mid July and some shops here already have their autumn fashions on display. So weird.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Rob. We have a friend who owns a fashion shop here where we live and she has already purchased her clothes for winter, too. It always amazes me how far ahead they have to think about fashion. Sigh. No wonder I keep wearing the same clothes year after year. They eventually will come back into style. grin

BTW, I tried to access your blog but couldn't get to it, no matter how I Googled it. I'll try again later.
Oh, now this is a fun shot. Looks like they're all waiting for something to happen, Ginnie...maybe someone should tell them that the football season starts later this year? smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I like that, Alex. All dressed up and nowhere to go. grin Thanks.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 21 Jul 2011, 15:26
they look like a group of bison protecting a calf.. ;D

nicely captured though, i liked the quality of light.. smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! You sure have an active imagination, Rian. grin Thanks for the smile.
mannequins creep me out, dolls as well. one thing I notice about these mannequins are the neutral look to them. You clearly tell it's a male mannequins, but as far the 'male' features are missing making them neutral, i bet if you put long hair and added a dress, you'd get the same feel.
Ginnie Hart: Interesting point, Nik, which I quite like. Unisex mannequins! Thanks for stopping by and commenting again.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 21 Jul 2011, 19:38
Could be a group of young men here in Sweden smile
Ginnie Hart: Just about anywhere, Frida, I'm sure! smile Thanks.
  • Andy
  • USA
  • 21 Jul 2011, 21:44
Ha fun shot! All dressed up with no where to go! smile
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Andy. smile Thanks.
Excellent light in this one, and it sure does open up for a lot of different interpretations in our modern world....
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Aksel, and yes...I agree!

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