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Deltoid pumpkin seed?   Got a better guess?   Answer at end.


Portside of the flank of a smiling shark?  Notice the heaving line en route just above the horizon.  Might there be someone dockside drawing lines . . . when they thought she said “catching” lines?  Language barriers exist sometime.


Android in stirrups and slings for a posterior examination?  Notice the prep-work done by the man with powerwasher, starboard.  By the way, a focus on posteriors soon.


Bird dance done sans feathers?


Inspiration for a new muppets character with massive black beard, protruding ears, and pointy crown?


Then might this be a draft of an alternate for Miss Piggy . . .  Missie Hip Potami . . . known by trademark overwrought green eye shadow?


An over-worked  and sobbing scullery maid from a district of Hamburg?


Classic nose ridge and bulging eyes  with exaggerated eyelashes . . .  or (see the comment by Les) rectangular eye, a whistling mouth, and “dolly partons.”  Ya know . . . I never saw it that way . . . til now.  Tassels . ..  pasties?


And the first foto was New York Central No. 13, the 1887 riveted iron tugboat that recently got pierced, and pierced again.

The others:  an unidentified New York Waterways ferry, fishing vessel Amber Waves, chemical tanker Anemos I, pure car truck carrier Don Juan, and product tanker St. Pauli, and chemical tanker  Chemical Pioneer.

Amber Waves . . . built 1977 in Texas?   Anemos I . . . built in 2007 and chartered by Morgan Stanley?   PCTC Don  Juan .  . . built in 1995 with capacity of 5900 cars . . . how many Smarts would that be?  St Pauli . . . built in 2003 and flagged in Singapore,  and Chemical Pioneer . . . built 1968, flagged in the USA,  and steam turbine!

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Inspiration for this post comes from a delightful book (given me by a very dear friend . . . you know who you are, merci) called Face to Face by brothers Francois and Jean Robert, who say, “yesterday we saw a padlock gazing at us with whimsical intensity.  It occurred to us that seeing is selection, a process of framing.  When it comes to photography you might call it mental cropping.  (My note: both can also be said about reporting.) As we begin consciously selecting and framing and cropping, the world became a delightfully communicative universe of human and animal faces–eyes, noses, and mouths–that tell a never-ending stream of silent stories.  These adventures in vision are only the tip of the iceberg, the first step in exploring the potential of projected realities.  Now choose your mood, take a look around you, wherever you are, and watch for faces that will haunt and hearten you.”  Remember as a kid, lying back on the grass and find cloud faces?

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