Friday, June 13, 2014

Feature - Someone We Would Like to Know

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.

Today let's look at a portrait, an RPPC, that caught a personality.

Anna Smith -  Henry Smith's Mother

Not often is this much character captured in a studio photograph, but when it happens, it is superlative. Wouldn’t you have loved to ask her just one question?

Look at that smile. She is about to burst into a laughter that will permeate your being. There is a humor about to envelop the room, an inner beauty that is an adventure, a love that immerses your heart in indelible joy and anticipation.

Look at that pose. She is ready to spring into a dance. Holding still is not in her repertoire. She is full of embraces and faces and affection. She would be comfortable in the garden swing or astride a palomino.

I would be honored to have shared an afternoon tea or a six-pack with her. Oh, the stories she could tell, the laughter she could share, the memories she could make.

I never knew her but I miss her terribly.

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  1. Oh, her smile makes me wish that I had known her!

    1. Thanks Nonnie. Oh, me too. Look at that face!

  2. I agree she does indeed have a lovely smile that reveals a good heart and warm nature. She looks dressed for travel and the backdrop suggests to me an amateur photographer. Perhaps she is about to set off on some journey, maybe after finishing school, as I've seen that same smile on many young faces on graduation days.

    1. Thanks Mike Brubaker. Most of these abandoned photographs have a story to tell and some really just hint at the details. But some are quite eloquent about their subject. In this one, we can not only visualize her world, we can sense how she felt about it.



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