The parasol or umbrella is a world-wide basic tool, but the red paper parasol remains a strong property of the East. Red parasols are woven into far eastern culture and myth, making them as much of a cultural symbol as a useful accessory. A red parasol filtering the sunlight that streams through dusty alleyways and narrow lanes, lends an air of the exotic to any street scene. Even if not set in the bazaars of the east, like this photograph here, a red parasol stands out from the rest, setting apart its bearer and begging the witness to ask questions of the one who bears it. Who they are, where they are headed and what story they will weave in the world. Like a bright red pin in a map, it calls attention to itself, and adding a certain mystery to the scenery. A red ‘X’ marking the spot, but to what treasures?
The old red car in the middle of white snowy streets is interesting, but only as interesting as the people in this street scene. There seem to be so many stories unfolding here and you wish you knew each one of them. The man with the shopping bags in the wheel-chair, the little boy with the plastic sword pointing off into the distance, the woman and her daugter seeming to look in the same direction. What are they looking at? Intriguing and striking.