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Thursdays Totally Informal Transglobal Challenge for March 13, 2008 - Under Cover

Thursday's Totally Informal Transglobal Challenge for March 13, 2008 - "Under Cover"

It wasn't until I'd uploaded my response to this week's Challenge that I realized what memories it was triggering in me, memories that go back 45 years. Believe it or not, one summer back when I was in college in the early '60s I worked for the CIA. Yep, that CIA! And no, I wasn't "undercover" but I WAS instructed not to act like I recognized anyone outside of the Agency headquarters because THEY might be undercover agents. Strange, huh? When I first became a committed peace activist in the early '90s, I had some serious soul-searching to do about that chapter of my life. Not that I'd been part of--or even aware of--any of the CIA's horrendous activities at that time, but still. I HAD been part of the "system," naive though I was.

Who'd have thought a simple TITC would trigger such memories!

To see other PBasers' responses to this Challenge, CLICK HERE.

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daanstringer.com31-May-2008 16:05
wow, very good portrait. and what a story (LOL)
Darbowski22-Mar-2008 16:44
Amazing lighting in this wonderful portrait ! V
Craig Persel20-Mar-2008 12:01
A wonderful portrait.
Nancy Lobaugh15-Mar-2008 14:46
great spy shot!!!
Soenda15-Mar-2008 08:29
Haha! I'd never have taken you for a Spook! The shot reminds me of Mad Magazine's old strip, "Spy vs Spy." How wonderfully cloak and dagger of you.
Sam Stevenson14-Mar-2008 17:27
Great look.
Guest 14-Mar-2008 07:28
fabulous image. the lighting really makes the shot. well done!
Brian with an Eye14-Mar-2008 06:54
Love the image, and thanks for sharing the fascinating story of your 'dark' past. What goes around comes around, heh? ~V~
Guest 14-Mar-2008 04:42
Powerful portrait and fascinating story.
Niquin14-Mar-2008 02:04
wonderful capture, I love the shadows! v
Nuno Boavida13-Mar-2008 23:16
Mysterious lady but also sad. V
parallaxes13-Mar-2008 23:08
Magnificent cutting with black and white, attractive and funny; and...very instructive comment! V
Jonathan Popp13-Mar-2008 22:36
Awesome photo! Great use of light. Thanks for sharing the story.
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography13-Mar-2008 22:32
Great work, Vote !
beverley harrison13-Mar-2008 22:04
wonderfully done patricia...i'm on your side though ok?
Brinn MacDougall13-Mar-2008 21:06
Love this and your story, perfect for the challenge..v
Phil Douglis13-Mar-2008 20:50
This is a wonderfully provocative portrait, Patricia. By abstracting yourself in darkness to this degree, you make it seem as if you are in mourning here. By giving us the verbal context involving your work for the CIA, you tell us here how you feel about that long lost chapter of your life.
Alexa Bloesch13-Mar-2008 20:39
Dan Chusid13-Mar-2008 18:10
The CIA is calling.
They want their uniform back.
Ann LT13-Mar-2008 17:42
Wow! Dramatic and mysterious!
You make a great secret agent,Patricia.
Gorgeous light on this!!
Baine Carruthers13-Mar-2008 17:42
SPOOKy comp!!!
PauloCGama13-Mar-2008 16:57
instant V.
love everything from the awesome light to the expression and composition. top quality, my friend.
Inga Morozoff13-Mar-2008 16:44
Nicely photographed. Wonderful lighting.
Barbara Heide13-Mar-2008 16:26
gorgeous! v
Cyndy Largarticha13-Mar-2008 15:57
Very dramatic portrait. Who would have guessed the story behind it? You amaze at every turn, Patricia!!
Guest 13-Mar-2008 15:54
Dark and mysterious - are you sure you're not still working for them??
Excellent shot V
Máire Uí Mhaicín13-Mar-2008 15:37
Mata Hari reincarnated!
Cooper13-Mar-2008 15:14
J. Scott Coile13-Mar-2008 14:58
So well diguised. Nice one.
JD13-Mar-2008 13:59
Impressive work on the light! You make a very convincing agent!
Francisco Figueras13-Mar-2008 13:21
Enrico Martinuzzi13-Mar-2008 13:08
What a great portrait here. Well done.
Terri Steele13-Mar-2008 12:55
Amazing shot and quite a background story too! ;)
an nguyen13-Mar-2008 12:21
Theee best SP, Patricia, you are getting sophisticated, mysterious and may I say a little bit dark. Big V
Maaike Huizer13-Mar-2008 12:13
An excellent image and a great story with it. Very Big Vote!
Jola Dziubinska13-Mar-2008 11:37
Mysterious Miss Agent, great shot. And interesting story...
Yvonne13-Mar-2008 11:36
Fabulous shot, but what a story!! Wow.
Cindi Smith13-Mar-2008 11:14
Very mysterious and you could go under cover and no one would think the wiser.
saltzman4013-Mar-2008 10:57
This is great....I am guessing it is you...what a good secret squirrel you are.
Enny13-Mar-2008 09:51
lol, great image, excellent B&W but looking at your mouth I would have said, Hi Patricia,lol.
Paco López13-Mar-2008 08:33
Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BV!
Heidi Jonker13-Mar-2008 08:04
Great shot and story!
Norbert Fortelny13-Mar-2008 07:32
An truly outstanding image.
Pat Shawyer13-Mar-2008 07:30
Brilliant Patricia !!
Ann...13-Mar-2008 07:20
Excellent!! Moody and mysterious.
Adalberto Tiburzi13-Mar-2008 06:07
The most patent secret agent, wonderful entry!
Silvia Roitman13-Mar-2008 06:05
very nice!!
Barry Moore13-Mar-2008 06:02
Many mysteries and thoughts are triggered by your image. A great dark tonal entry.~V~
Greg Harp13-Mar-2008 05:49
Superb! V
William Drew13-Mar-2008 05:47
Love this one! great shot!
Herb Knufken13-Mar-2008 04:59
Great story
carolynne_w13-Mar-2008 04:21
Great shot to go with your interesting personal history.
k_grqst13-Mar-2008 04:20
Great image- love the lighting. Wonderful story, too.
mathilda williams13-Mar-2008 03:52
what an interesting story!
nice image, too.
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