Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Let's Get Interactive: Now Presenting the Winter Crazies Photo Challenge!

I once dubbed myself "the queen of pseudo-surreptitious Metro photography," back when my cellular telephone had an epic zoom feature that enabled my sneaky habits. Sadly, my current gizmo lacks such a feature, making it much trickier for me to take the kind of crazy-awkward pics I used to pride myself on.

Another problem: It's cold now! And that means that my fingers are almost always gloved when I'm outside. And that means I can't use my damn touch-screen phone while I'm out & about. (PS: I love you, iPhone, I just gotta vent.)

This has felt particularly problematic this month, when I've passed amazingly dressed individuals on the cold streets of DC & have been unable to capture their glory to share with you here on the Interwebs. Men in Russian fur hats, women in Innuit-esque jackets, kids in full-facial mugger gear. Seriously, where do these people think they live? Siberia? Listen, the Midwesterners I know would spit on you wimps. And their spit would freeze before it hit the ground because that's how cold it is there.

Anyway, Midwest puffery aside, I want to take this opportunity to ask for your assistance. Will you send me the best cell photos you can snap of the crazily dressed winterphobes in your cities & towns? I'll compile the pics into some sort of funny collage... & the photographer of my favorite entry will win something wintry. I don't know what it is yet, but don't get your hopes too high. Mostly I'm just in this for the humor & the hats. But I swear, the humor & the hats will be enough. A real winter wonderland.

You have until midnight on January 20th - that's two whole weeks, so get photographing & send me your pics at suburbansweetheart@gmail.com (or, if you've got my number, just text it to me). To get you started, I leave you with this guy:

Because nothing says "business attire" like a three-piece suit & an ear-flapped fur hat.

16 comments:

cavy said...

the wind chill in MN made it -23 every day, and i didn't even wear my heaviest jacket. midwest FTW!

Lacey Bean said...

Oh man I'm going to have to start stalking people on the train now... that guy with the ear flaps is too much!

Amy --- Just A Titch said...

See, I am a Californian, so we don't have real "winter" but you should have seen ME in Illinois last week...holy coats, gloves, scarves, hats. But it was like -7 and in Cali, "cold" is 28!

RachelSmiles said...

ooooh i'm excited!!!!

Staschwa said...

Oh snaps. Ha, no pun intended. Although my forte is snapping mullets I see around (the plethora in Kansas is huge and...scary/weird/somewhat normal) I'm sure I can manage to find some weird stuff.

Dysfunction Junction said...

Er. Does it count if I'M the one who's dressed up funny? I've got some great WinterBurqua shots if you want em.

Because it's frackin coooold here.
(I love it though)

Anonymous said...

I am going to end up on this site and its not going to be pretty.

Chelsea said...

I live in Texas so we don't have crazy winter clothes. Although it may entertain you to see how bundled up we get when temps go down to 50. Although today it's in the 20's and that just SUCKS. I don't know how yall do it! I pretty much wanted to quit my job this morning just so I wouldn't have to get out of bed.

The Owl Diary said...

that sounds like a rad contest, although where i live people are still wearing flipflops. arizona (aside from the mountains) just doesn't get that cold. but i'll be on the lookout for outfits to snap with my cell. =]
xx

spleeness said...

I just pasted your email into my phone so I'm at the ready!

steph anne said...

Haha, I wish I could participate! I don't see too much of crazies dressing up like that here in Arizona for winter. Only did see some preppy teenage girls dressing up like it was -10 degrees around Christmas.

Deutlich said...

a friend of mine wears a hat very similar to that one... it looks as goofy on her as it does on him

Mary said...

I'm from Texas too. We're less about bundling up and more about panicking about the roads and just staying inside. Like, the entire city shuts down if there's ice on a major highway.

You wouldn't just spit on me, you'd probably throw me into a pool in freezing weather. That would teach me.

KeepingYouAwake said...

Candid photos of people in their winter ridiculousness? Oh, man. That's awesome. And there's a prize involved? I'm in.

Piper Jacquelyn said...

Oh, hilarious. And dammit, for me not having a fancy phone that takes decent pictures. Pretty sure the 'crazies' may attack if I pull out a real camera and snap a shot of them.

Jacquiiie said...

HAHAHA. i love this.

ok, ill camera stalk for you :P

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