Saturday, June 19, 2010
When the Photographer's in the Photograph
I thought about titling this post "Squinting for the Camera." Maybe some of you remember being told to stand facing the sun so the person with the camera could get a good photo? It can't be true that cameras needed that much sun because I have plenty of old photographs in which people aren't squinting and there appears to be a grey sky.
I thought these two photographs were interesting because the person taking the photo is so clearly visible -- or least her shadow is. I suspect that my mom took both photos. I wonder if she noticed herself in them. I'm fairly certain that both were taken in the late afternoon since all three subjects are facing in a westerly direction. I can tell that because I know the location where both photographs were taken.
In the photo on the left is my mom's younger sister ("Baby Girl" of a previous post). In the photo on the right are my own brother and sister. And all three of them are squinting. You can't help squinting when you face the sun - and the photo turns out an awful likenss (or unlikeness) of the subject.
My mother appears to be holding her camera at about waist level. I vaguely remember a camera in our home that was fairly flat and rectangular in shape, maybe 4" x 7" x about 2" thick. It had a little door on the front which, when opened, allowed a lens to fold down with some collapsible black fabric surrounding it. It seems like the photographs from that camera became 3" x 5" prints (whereas from another camera, maybe a Kodak Brownie, the prints were 3" x 3").
This is probably a graduation photo of "Baby Girl" since in the photo beside it in the album she's wearing a cap and gown.
Do you have photos of yourself or others which were taken with the subject facing the sun? Do you have photographs with shadows of the photographer in them?
Oh, I almost forgot: Go look at the other Sepia Saturday posts!