Photo Op

 

In the winter months, newspapers love running seasonal photos. You’ve all seen them after a snow: a caption beneath a picture of dogs romping in a park; or kids in puffed-up parkas, careening down a sled run; or the silhouette of a lone cross-country skier, commuting to work. (I know you’ve all spotted that last one; it’s an editorial fave.)

So nice, picturesque images of a winter wonderland.

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Typical caption: Child cavorts in Saturday snowfall.

 

The photo above is from my archives. Hadley, a few years ago.

 

This one, however, is a recent snapshot of winter revelry.

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Caption: Pigpen wallows in salt, sand and other road scum after recent snowfall.

 

Pigpen was so filthy, so completely caked in corrosive chemicals, I had to document it. That disgustingly dirty car, in its element.

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Somehow the kids managed to carve a few letters out of this mobile art medium. But it wasn’t easy.

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I should have taken it to the carwash but instead, I let yesterday’s sleetish-rain wash away Pigpen’s ghostly glow.

Just in time for tonight’s ice show… and another round of sand, salt and grit.

It’s a good winter to be Pigpen.