Last we night we made our way downtown yet again. This was my fourth trip down and at the end of it all a bit of quick math reveals that I’ve spent 18 hours downtown photographing the city in the past week or so. I often kick myself for not getting off my butt and trying to involve myself in local events. I can’t really berate myself for that in this case.
Yesterday’s focus was on people just doing what they do. The theme was set within 30 seconds of walking out of the parking garage as I found this lonely figure somehow by herself when only a few hundred feet away the crowds were packed shoulder to shoulder.
The Super Bowl is an incredibly complicated thing to put on. The city goes to a huge amount of trouble to entertain the hundreds of thousands of visitors who come downtown. Yet in the middle of all it, this young woman enjoys the simple pleasure of tromping through the puddles in her waterproof boots. While the photo doesn’t mean much without the story, it was an amusing counterpoint to the vastness of the situation.
Not everybody was happy to see the crowds.
And it was good that we got to see some of the archetypal figures from our visiting fans. This guy just SCREAMS “New Yawker” to me.
I’ve seen these things advertised but this is the first proof that anyone actually buys them…
This series is by far my favorite. A news crew had found themselves a story in the form of this football-headed guy who needed tickets.
This is the guy who was doing the interview. I love his expression.
And the cameraman seemed really glad to have someone taking HIS picture for a change.
I couldn’t help but notice the prevalence of these bottle-cans of beer. Is this a successful attempt at last to overcome the stigma of beer in cans? Anyway, these two enjoyed their photo op with Mr. Football.
We spoke with this young gentleman briefly. He says he’s going to be in the NFL some day. For some reason I tend to believe him.
After about a 40 minute wait, we managed to take some photos from the top of the downtown monument.
By the time we got done, the crowds had reached fever pitch.
Considering the sheer numbers of people downtown, the place was still miraculously clean. Sure there were some full trashcans but the place was far from as trashed as you might expect. The work crews did an incredible job picking up after everyone.
It’s at this point that I have to tell you that Laura leads a bit of a charmed life. I give her 100% credit that we were able to just walk in to a restaurant and have a nice meal.
When we returned to the circle after dinner, we found some rather small-minded people in evidence. They needed police protection to keep from getting mobbed by the crowd.
But it was very encouraging to see another person of religious bent telling a more forgiving story.
Many people refine the art of self-portraiture on this day.
And with that, we close the day and we close the Super Bowl. It was a grand time to be in Indy but I’ll be glad to get on to some other topic for a while. Also, a few have asked about downloading higher res versions of these photos. You can do so on my Picasa page. Click on one of the albums to see the photos in it and when you select one image to view you can choose an option to either download a copy or order prints. Picasa’s navigation isn’t particularly intuitive. Also, I don’t make any money from this so download, share and enjoy but don’t YOU make any money from it lest the giant wheel of karma crush you like a bug.