When a photograph is abandoned or lost, some of the story within it goes too; some, not all. A photograph travels through time stuck in the pages of a book or at the bottom of a shoebox, in a wrinkled old wallet or carefully stuck to the black pages of an old album. When it arrives in our time, it is without provenance. While we must guess at facts like the actual date of the photograph or the model of camera or the location, there is often a rich story left in the image itself.
For a few weeks on Fridays, LOST GALLERY will examine a photograph or two, let them tell their own story.
Let's look at two photographs today. There is probably a decade or two difference in their age but these photographs are sisters in many ways.
We call it photogenic: The love affair with the camera. The camera loves her and gets loved back.
We can remember only a few people who really had this gift.
Here is a youngster caught in a snapshot, a candid moment. Even at her young age, she knows when a camera is around; she knows that the candid moment is going to last a long, long time. She knows how to look when the lens turns her way. She knows without knowing how or why.
Something about her tells us that wherever this girl went in life, she was a success and she was in charge.
Shadows of the future.
Someday a man's mind will turn to putty at the sight of her. Someday the world will be at her feet. Someday she may offer the solution to a flaw in society. The future is hers.
Today, she is interested only in the boy behind the camera.
In the dictionary next to “Sultry” there will be a photograph of her. Along with Lana Turner, of course.
So, here they are, seeming far too young to own the confidence they display, poised to take on tomorrow and today too.
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