Friday, May 6, 2011

The madder matters of the madder hatters

Street fair on 90th and Broadway with more ... hats. 2:15 PM. Photo: JH.
Friday, May 6, 2011. A beautiful sunny day, yesterday in New York.

More pictures from the Hat Luncheon,
the Women’s Conservancy Committee of Central Park’s Frederick Law Olmsted Luncheon. JH was there with his camera as you saw on yesterday’s Diary. Neither he nor I regard ourselves as serious photographers but rather as having assignments that must be carried out. His photos on yesterday’s, however, were amazing to me. He sees so much with his lens, and if you watch him work, you see nothing until he’s in the middle of taking the shot which later produces wonder.

I, on the other hand, am really not a photographer – which JH is naturally. So my approach is more specific. I like shooting this luncheon because it’s amusing and obvious, and good to look at. The hats say so much about us, and so much about the wearer. The main point is obviously to amuse even if it’s oneself.
So between every course I’d get up and check out the hats and their effects. The lady with Martha Stewart is Susan Magrino who has been working with Martha on her public relations for many years. Susan also has her own firm with a lot of major international clients, I’ve known her for sometime, and yet I didn’t recognize her under that broad navy brim. The hat changed the persona. I told her I didn’t recognize her, and she told me she could tell.

It seemed there were many more creative statements with the hats this year. And more over-the-top humor. It occurred to me that perhaps it should have been a long silent video. JH’s pictures yesterday were almost that. Mine today are more like flash cards. But fun and funny to look at.
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