At first glance, two jolly old Santas climbing a wall above Sorrento’s night market. Closer reading of the image poses some interesting questions: why are they wearing those tiny (and empty?) manbags – rather than the usual over-the-shoulder sacks? Why are they working as a pair? Are they scassinatori – burglars? Is there no end to Italian corruption?
And what could they be saying to each other?
So…the first totallygone Christmas caption competition. Enter a comment (by January 31), and the winning entry gets a framed 8×10 from the archive or flickr collection.
Update 1/2/2011: After careful consideration, much deliberation and soul-searching, the prize goes to Nick Alexander. It was, as expected, a very close race, with all entries demonstrating the kind of wit and literacy common to my friends. However, for context and dialogue, he gets the print, and runners-up get a file, in whatever size or format, of their choice.