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Umbrella Man Slow-walks Pacific Avenue

Here's a short clip of a Santa Cruz institution, Umbrella Man, doing his famous "slow walk" down Pacific Avenue.
Sarah Phelan did an interview for Metro Santa Cruz (make sure to scroll down...)



  • I don't really know why but I kinda liked that.
    I think I would have had a hard time not following him with the camera. You know not keeping him in the center of the frame. I guess I felt some of that tension.
    Thanks for sharing.

    By Blogger Anthony, at 5:05 PM  

  • You're right, Anthony, it was hard not following him with the camera.

    By Blogger Sean Gilligan, at 5:49 PM  

  • classic santa cruz, i love it!

    By Anonymous hannah, at 4:32 PM  

  • I just recently recorded a peace "slow walk" in Pasadena. The goal was to walk mindfully and at the same pace as your Umbrella Man. I haven't posted it yet but I will.

    In really, it was hard for most people to walk that slow. It was a busy Saturday afternoon and you could not cross the street at that pace and hope to make it to the other side.

    I think it speaks volumes about just how fast we are living and not taking time to walk, be in the moment and just live. An 82 year old woman got a jaywalking ticket in the San Fernando Valley (Los Angeles) for not crossing the street fast enough.

    Take it slow and let it roll...

    By Blogger Gena, at 5:05 PM  

  • Gena,
    When it is ready, please post another comment here with a link to your "slow walk" video.

    By Blogger Sean Gilligan, at 9:48 PM  

  • This guy must be pretty well known passersby seems to give him a second glance!

    Nice work, Sean!

    By Anonymous Jay Jones, at 3:22 PM  

  • Great choice to focus on the still window and street post. It emphasized the slow colorful walk, and the relative speeds of the passers by.

    By Blogger Colleen, at 12:26 PM  

  • Dammit Stephan Move it!

    I used to work downtown, and more than once was Robert blocking the door.

    I have seen him progress from Trash bag and a box in front of Book Shop Santa Cruz to this.

    Got to love Santa Cruz.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:02 PM  

  • That's a great shot... I like how you let him go out of frame at the end.

    By Blogger Hannah, at 11:17 AM  

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