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Croke Park/Whitey's

By KingBee
First, the usual acknowledgement of, and appreciation for, yesterday's awards from Andy, Bob and Alfie - and many thanks also to the various voters, etc who took an interest.

There now follows a lesson in social history - Boston's social history, to be precise.

Back in the day, Boston was home to a fair number of "dive" bars - bars where no-one cared how you were dressed or what you did for a living or what your bourbon of choice was. Instead, the dive bar invited you to drink a few domestic beers, hang with a decrepit regular, and escape your own life narrative. Sadly, these bars are gradually disappearing along with their traditional clientele as encroaching gentrification and changes in drinking habits among the younger city dwellers nibble away at the underbelly of Boston, in much the same way as the social history of Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, for example, has changed beyond recognition.

However, there are still a few dive bars on the go if you know where to look for them. Croke Park/ Whitey's is one such bar. Even if you manage to find it, you could easily walk past it, so bland and unassuming is its frontage. Walk through the door, though, and your world will change, as I hope this image (hand-held, 0.6 sec shutter, hence not the sharpest of shots) demonstrates. It could never be anything more than a record shot, showing a bar interior and the back of my wife's head as she chats away to the barmaid (regular shift: 9.30am to 2am, every day except Sunday). There is no way I could have ponced around with my Lumix, trying to get the urban art just right, like some Don McCullin wannabe, because the regulars may not have taken too kindly to that. Indeed, there is none in the picture because they preferred not to be photographed: as the barmaid put it, "most of them are probably running from something". But was everyone friendly? You bet. We enjoyed our drinks and had a great time.

I could go on, but I think you get the point. Travel to foreign parts is as much, if not more, about getting into the hearts and minds of the people as is doing the tourist stuff. Anyone who steps into Croke Park/Whitey's with a different attitude won't last long, I can assure you.

Tags: Photo journalism Boston South side Croke Park Whiteys

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22 Oct 2019 10:08AM
A well composed candid Bob,
Fred.

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cats_123 Plus
15 4.9k 29 Northern Ireland
22 Oct 2019 10:29AM
Aren't we all running from our past?....super candid travelogue 😁😁
Chinga Plus
9 3 1 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2019 11:41AM
Very inviting interior... Excellent image, Isabel GrinGrin
22 Oct 2019 11:58AM
terrific write-up and this place looks just right to me
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2099 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2019 12:49PM
I like the anonymity of the motion blur.
saltireblue Plus
9 9.9k 38 Norway
22 Oct 2019 1:40PM
A place to remember, a place to forget, a place to hide, a place to be as private or as social as you want, and no-one judges you.
22 Oct 2019 3:24PM
Good work!

Arne Smile
SlowSong Plus
11 8.4k 30 England
22 Oct 2019 4:38PM
I love the barmaid. She adds a certain feeling of sozzlement to the image. Smile
Jasper87 Plus
9 2.3k 158 England
22 Oct 2019 8:29PM
Interesting write up, Bob....not often I get to the end of something that's more than 2 or 3 lines!!GrinGrin
23 Oct 2019 5:59AM
Very atmospheric, Bob.

JohnSmile

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