John & Anne Wiley

2015/11/01

Altered State Halloween

State Street is always fun, especially on Halloween. This year we also had a group dancing to Michael Jackson (click for video clip):

3620 Thriller (click for vid)

3620 Thriller (click for vid clip)

But for us it all started with this Nicki Minaj “backup” starlet.

3478 Nicki Caboose

3478 Nicki Caboose

There’s something really fun about snapping costumed people on the street. For one thing, they often instantly change expression when they notice the camera. This gal went from stern concentration to a winning smile before I could press the button.

3480 Instant Sunbeam

3480 Instant Sunbeam

Some stayed serious, hopefully in character rather than revealing their true nature.

3481 Kidnapping?

3481 Kidnapping?

This kid really went “method” and dropped to the ground with a great eye roll when he spotted the lens.

3485 Well Bled

3485 Well Bled

Some of the kids were just SO sweet, like this delicate butterfly.

3488 Gentle Soul

3488 Gentle Soul

To us every moment and each personality is a precious fleeting thing, and somehow this next pic captures that. Maybe because of the transformation we saw when she saw us seeing her.

3490 Being Seen

3490 Being Seen

Or this moment, when each face projects a completely different inner instant.

3491 Group Time

3491 Group Time

The families are fascinating, portraying a range of ages and group roles.

3495 Family Time

3495 Family Time

Of course, many on the street these days are clutching smartphones, texting, talking, or doing some “social” media thing.

3497 Communication Break

3497 Communication Break

I like the pose (and hissing noise) this gal made for the snap, joined by her companion a moment later.

3500 Hisstory

3500 Hisstory

We love how ordinary pedestrians blithely mingle with freaks and monsters this time of year.

3506 Extraordinary Season

3506 Extraordinary Season

“Altered” State Street was alive with this diversity.

3512 Random Acts

3512 Random Acts

I like how sometimes the shutter captures a breadth of facial expressions that are all connected to the same moment.

3522 Faces of a Moment

3522 Faces of a Moment

I wondered if the woman in the middle of this group was portraying effects of the time and effort required for a Ph.D.

3526 Eternal Student?

3526 Eternal Student?

As if the costumes, dancing and acting weren’t enough fun we also had acrobats whirling.

3528 Whirly Gig

3528 Whirly Gig

In ordinary times and places a woman with snakes for hair would garner everyone’s attention.

3532 Herpetology Hair

3532 Herpetology Hair

The little kids were enjoying it all nearly as much as those of us watching them.

3552 Kid Show

3552 Kid Show

Some pets seemed to serenely endure a little humiliation and discomfort to entertain us.

3556 Different Focus

3556 Different Focus

Beyond costumes, a few also provided interactive street performance art to mixed reviews.

3635 Boo

3635 Boo

The exact moment someone sees the camera and remembers they’re in costume can be heartwarming.

3632 Sweet Surprise

3632 Sweet Surprise

I especially liked how small kids reacted to the dancing Thriller zombies.

3587 Small Audience

3587 Small Audience

I wonder if this mom knew who’s behind her.

3584 Guardian?

3584 Guardian?

Some of the moms costumes looked as if they might need a babysitter.

3576 Mommie Dearest

3576 Mommie Dearest

Dads had their own way of dealing with the little monsters.

3571 Dino Dad

3571 Dino Dad

With all the different moods there was still a broad sense of happiness in the crowd.

3570 Mood on the Street

3570 Mood on the Street

These two friendly gals had costumes among the best we saw.

3564 Tut Tut

3564 Tut Tut

At last we headed for home, and on our way to the car this exhausted angel epitomized the shift into night.

3580 Day's End

3580 Day’s End

For young adults though, the fun was just beginning.

3637 Into the Night

3637 Into the Night

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