Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The visitor at the door


I like this warm, summer day photo, shot in the 50s or 60s when, unlike now, everyday attire was a dress or a skirt, because it raises so many questions. Two obvious ones are, who is that person at the door and what is that handoff about? Curiously, the white-haired observer chooses to remain mostly hidden from the visitor, connoting wariness. Is the visitor, dressed like a neighbor rather than an official, a friend or a stranger? Another question is, why was this encounter photographed? Was a youngster with a new camera simply shooting indiscriminately? Or is this an exchange of some consequence? The blurriness suggests the photographer acted hastily to record the moment. I'm glad he or she did.

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