Newspaper photographers are always making headshots, and we usually try to make them as animated as possible. But this week I've had a couple that were definitely inanimate.
Some really big heads on the day Pep Boys auto parts chain was acquired by the Gores Group, for about $1 billion. I was already on assignment in New Jersey when I was asked to shoot one of their suburban stores. I did make a photo of the shop - in a ubiquitous strip mall - but couldn't pass up an opportunity to photography Manny, Moe and Jack in the flesh (fiberglas? plastic?). The last time I'd visited the statue of the three mascots outside their Philadelphia corporate headquarters was in the early 90's when they removed Manny's cigar for an anti-smoking campaign (Emanuel Rosenfeld, the bespectacled one, died 30 years early, but is said to have been a "reformed" smoker).
After the big-heads it was the no-head next. In Bridgeton, NJ, a 1915 civil war memorial was vandalized in Veterans' Park back in early December. The head was toppled and found in the water not far from the body.