Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Think About Her Still



Until three years ago, I shot exclusively film. I have boxes of photographs and negatives. I traveled to Cuba in February 2001. My mother is Cuban and up until the time of our trip she had never returned since she escaped with her family - my grandparents, three aunts and uncle. I've recently been looking back in my albums and started scanning some of the images. When I see photos like this it makes me miss film so much. I should start that up again. One of these days...

I wonder where this little girl is now. I loved how she seemed to be in her own world. She wasn't looking at anything in particular. I thought it was she was so sweet with her little belly sticking out and that inquisitive look on her face. Then I thought that perhaps her clothes are like that because she had nothing else to wear so her parents gave her was they could even if it was too small. Either way, I think about her still. I like the way the woman with the red pants seems to be looking at her in a worried and thoughtful way and the other woman seems stressed pinching the bridge of her nose like she has a headache. Meanwhile the child is just being a child staring off daydreaming...I wonder about what.

This was my interpretation at least. There are always so many...

Today's Soundtrack:
Buena Vista Social Club - Chan Chan


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20 comments:

Aartee said...

I loved getting back a roll of film and having that perfect shot on it :) It was like a little surprise!

Vanessa said...

Look at that belly. So cute.

Hilary said...

You sure captured a great deal of emotion and speculation with this shot. I personally do not miss film at all. It was far more costly in many ways. :)

K @ Blog Goggles said...

What an awesome shot. That little girl is priceless!

LENORENEVERMORE said...

she is adorable!
Me too, I sometimes do wonder at those I crossed path with & there are moments when we simply 'connected' somehow...even they were so called 'strangers'.
~XO*

mary said...

I love photos like this where you can get lost in it wondering who/what/where/when...to me, that's the sign of a perfect shot. :)

Couture Carrie said...

Beautiful photo... and your words imbue it with even more meaning!

xoxox,
CC

Beth said...

I like to think that she dressed herself in that cute little skirt and even though her parents might not have thought it was suitable or whatever she insisted on wearing it anyway.

Lovely photo, makes you think.
:)

Beth xx

drollgirl said...

what a fabulous shot!!!

i miss the days of kodachrome and ectchrome. i think they are long gone now. digital is cool as it is so fast and immediate, and easy to edit. but film was great, too.

Elizabeth Marie said...

I love candid moments caught on film...and her belly, too cute.

Yes! I already have a friend...and you know I was thinking about you when I wrote that! :)

Savvy Mode SG said...

she is so chubby and cute. i am guessing the mother is tired and worried about how to manage her little one who can be trying at times.
ps i read all 4 twilight books in one weeks. i had dark circle under my eyes for a few days.

Nadine @ BDG said...

i like your analysis of the image-- meanwhile, the men?

Tiffany said...

aww, I love photos like there where I like to make up my own stories of what's going on. I like your interpretation :)

Kristin said...

That's the mark of a good photo. Still has you wondering. She's adorable.

Clarity said...

It looks like a photograph from another time. The little girl is the centre of it and she is in this colourful world wearing white. I like the mother's expression too. Lovely picture, a slice of existence that we see years later.

Leigh said...

You are so right, I miss film and I think I should take mine out of storage and take advantage of it once in awhile, this image could not be any better. I cannot stop staring at it.. BRAVO. I would love to see more of your film and I think you inspired me to scan some of my older stuff as well.

xo

Keith said...

When I see photos of people from a few years back or even more, I often wonder whatever happened to me.

Miss B said...

These are always my favorite types of images, candid, non-posed, so filled with questions.

My favorite part is the woman pinching her brow, what a moment in time and I would LOVE to go to Cuba and be able to bring my camera. What inspiration! I am so envious...

The Lil Bee said...

Beautiful. I hope that little girl has a lot of clothes to wear now and is healthy.

amber of theambershow.net said...

I keep coming back to this photo. Now you've haunted me with it, too!