Sunday, 21 August 2011
Whilst it is generally accepted that the arrival of the Itinerant Photographer was met with people flocking to his mobile studio to have their pictures taken, the pictures themselves would indicate that some met their fate with fear and trepidation. Indeed, the expressions on some faces suggest that they were forced into it and made to sit for fear of something far worse.
I wonder what actually goes through their minds when the photographer tells them to hold that pose, Perhaps, it might be more important to consider what went through his, when it said, "...hold ..". Was he trying to artistic in creating the pose or was he simply interested in business and in getting a sharp image, and instructed his victims to keep absolutely still for fear of blur. The younger girl, standing, seems to be saying I must not smile, I must not be seen to be happy, the neighbours will think I'm are frivolous and flighty. I must remain stiffly unnatural. The other seems to be resigned to her fate and has taken on the look of resigned acceptance.
Clearly unhappy for being put through such an embarrassment, whoever made her have her picture taken will be be made to suffer. This is a face that shows no sign of forgiveness. She is unlikely to ever be seen singing, "....Always look on the bright side of life..." Indeed it looks as if life is to be suffered, and that she has a divine mission to make sure we do.