Who watches the watchmen?

“Every move you make
Every step you take
I’ll be watching you
I’ll be watching you” – Sting

Did you ever have the creepy feeling that you’re being watched? I recently had an assignment to photograph Steven Seegle, a part of whose vast yo-yo collection is on display at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi. About 700 yo-yos are on exhibit behind several glass cases. There are so many that they have to be presented on two floors. We went up to the second floor hall and lining one wall opposite the display cases is a row of large plaster busts of famous composers. From Mozart to Beethoven to Hayden to Tchaikovsky and more, sixteen likenesses coldly stare across the hallway. I know the venue is a magnet for the musical arts, but it was a bit unnerving having them looking over my shoulder. It reminded me of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion’s singing stone busts. But none of these heads started singing or even whispering, well, at least not while I was watching, anyway.

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