Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/01/21

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Nathan's PAW week 3: US imperialism in Germany
From: "Doug Ford" <>
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 21:30:25 -0800

very insightful comment on your local economy and the presence/influence of
walmart, without which we're left with the P.C. statement/impression,
Thanks for your refreshing view-point.
AS far as your photograph is concerned, I would of liked to have seen a
perspective from slightly a higher position, looking down more, which would
of cut out the far wall and the one on the right, but still including the
Please keep in mind that this critique comes from an amateur with minimal
photographic experience :-)
Thanks for posting.

leica owner since 8-01

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[]On Behalf Of Nathan
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2002 8:32 AM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Nathan's PAW week 3: US imperialism in Germany

Adam Bridge wrote:

> >
> > (M6,Fuji Acros, 24mm Elmarit)
> >
> Interesting photograph but I found the presence of WalMart depressing.
What was
> it Miss Marple said? "The American's have MUCH to answer for." Although I
> she was talking about English muffins or something similiar.

In general I agree with you that certainly in many U.S. towns the arrival of
WalMart has heralded the death of local shops and hence downtown. But the
in Germany and other European countries is different. The norm has been
service, limited competition and high prices. In that environment, WalMart
provide a welcome shake-up to the benefit of consumers, and I believe
killing off the town centers (this has certainly not happened in Singen,
which has a
very thriving downtown). In Switzerland most retail is dominated by two
chains, Coop
and Migros, which between them not only control most supermarkets but also
non-food chains (consumer electronics, sporting goods etc.). I would love
for a big
foreign chain like the French Carrefour or one of the UK companies to come
in here
and give the locals some real competition.

> I found myself wishing that the people weren't in the background - but I
> the way the array of carts works. Much better organized than the Woodland
> WalMart's that's for sure.

Interesting, you are not the only one with this comment. I felt, on the
other hand,
that the people were needed to provide a sense of scale and a point of

> I like your alternate also but I can only see it on my laptop's LCD
screen- I'll
> have to wait and look at it on my big display. My initial feeling is that
> most interesting part of the image takes place down in the misty area in
> lower left quarter of the photo. Could make for an interesting crop.

I am not sure that an LCD screen provides optimal viewing conditions for a
like this, relies on the fine, soft tones for its impact. I included the
trees on
the right to provide a point of reference for the otherwise foggy scene.

Thanks for looking and commenting.


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