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.
It’s still morning on a grey day. The family’s up and fed. Dad’s already in the field. Mom has the wash on the line and a stiff breeze is doing its work.
The children are engrossed in an adventure on the high seas. Sitting in a wheel barrow, their “’tend-like” boat, with two of dad’s old fishing rods, they cast their invisible lines for the sun perch and catfish that swim in their aquamarine imaginations.
Conversing as if they were acres apart, they navigate the high seas or Johnson’s pond. Their loud play helps Mom keep track of them.
Mom watches for a moment and then gets dad’s camera from the closet shelf. The light isn’t good but the old box camera doesn’t care anyway. Snap.
Now, decades later we can’t help admiring these two energetic children, inventing a world of their own, challenging and harmonizing, exercising their minds and muscles in pursuit of their day.
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