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About that Cooper Young Festival photo

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You’ve probably seen this photo in several different places in the part of the social media universe that is all things Memphis.

And we are proud to say it is the work of our photographer, Andrew Breig, who went to considerable effort to get the shot of the crowd at the Cooper Young Festival this month.

We’ll leave much of the mystery surrounding how he got the picture in place. But we will assure you no laws were broken. And the jet-pack rumors are without foundation.

It first turned up on Andrew’s blog, memphisjuncture.com, the day he took the photo. The blog includes his other work on his own and with us that you should definitely check out.

But back to the photo. After he put the picture on his blog, the rest is kind of a blur. We put it on our Facebook page as well.

It’s not only turning up in all of the Memphis places on social media, it’s also a hit with Memphis expatriates or anyone with fond memories of our city or the festival or both.

It has really taken on a life of its own even before it turned up Wednesday morning on the Cooper Young Historic District Facebook page with the lead in “I don’t know who took this picture but …”

Radio station Q107.5 invited its Facebook followers to tag people in the picture late Thursday morning.

So far, no Jimmy Hoffas or Johnny Appleseeds tagged although I’m not sure if they can be reached on social media.

Andrew definitely can be reached and we hope this calls attention to his work for us and beyond our pages.

The reaction is also interesting for what is not in the photo. No skyscrapers or monuments of a permanent nature, just a border of tents framing what is the basic element of the reaction we’ve seen to what is a great photo with a simple concept – lots of Memphians being Memphians in close proximity to each other. And, oh yeah, don’t mess with our trees either.

Dansette

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