Saturday, September 22, 2012

Sepia Saturday 144 : 22 September 2012


Sepia Saturday is a great site, where bloggers use “old images as prompts for new reflections”. This week, its participants have the above image to use as a guide, as we are asked to look “not for what is there, but for what isn't” in old photos.

I didn’t have to look too far to find “what isn’t” in my photo collection. My Mom was famous in our family for taking photos of us kids with “parts” missing. Usually it was our faces and heads, but in this mid-1960s picture, she captured about three quarters of my sister, but less than half of me. On the other hand, she did manage to get a lot of wall into the photo. Way to go, Mom!

Copyright © 2012, Yvonne Demoskoff.

23 comments:

  1. That's so bad it's funny! I love Sepia Saturday for moments just like this. I'm already feeling better about my own picture-taking.

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  2. I hadn't realized just how funny this photo is, Wendy. You've helped me to see it in another light; thanks!

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  3. What is that equation for a perfect photo... The Rule of Thirds? I think your mom had it backwards. It's a cute picture anyway of you and your sister. Big smiles and a hug.

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    1. Now that's something I had thought of (rule of thirds) when I chose this photo, Kathy. I probably didn't make it clear, but, I really like the pictures my Mom took of us children. It showed she loved us and cared about us to capture on film all manner of moments in our lives.

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  4. Who are we to say this is a no good picture? Who are we to pretend to know what is going on in the head of the artist? I could also say Yvonne, that it is you trying to pull your sister away from the camera but your mother was quick enough to catch a substantial part of the two of you! I think your mother needs to be complimented for taking swift action!
    :-)

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    1. Another point of view that I hadn't considered. Thanks for the input, Peter.

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  5. That is funny. I also wondered if you two were moving around. It's still cute though, and I would have kept it too.

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    1. I suppose we might have been playing when my Mom took that picture, but it was such a long time ago that I don't have any memory of that day.

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  6. I'm sure evasive action is being taken. I can see why the photo has survived.

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    1. It's the only picture of its kind and not part of a series. It makes me wonder now if Mom took others, but didn't keep them?

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  7. I am tempted to ask "why did it always seem to be Moms who took the shots with stray body parts?", but I suppose they were just concentrating on the child in the centre of attention.

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    1. I don't think my Dad ever took a picture of us, but he certainly liked buying the latest cameras when they'd come on the market.

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  8. Taking pictures of babies and children is challenging because they don't stay still for very long. It's still a cute picture and if it was cropped, the pic would show up even better.

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    1. You've given me a great idea, Queen Bee. I'll cropped that pic, enlarge it a bit, and give a copy to my sister. Thanks!

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  9. This is just classic! So funny. At least she got most of your sister. It's still a cute photo and sometimes those candid moments are the most fun!

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    1. It is indeed cute, Jana, and I'm certainly glad that Mom "snapped" away like she did.

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  10. Graphic proof that the statistical data that says families have 1-1/2 children is real.

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  11. I fear Peter may be right and you may be the culprit here. In the age of digital we just keep snapping until we get the perfect shot. There was no chance then. Such happy smiles deserve to be preserved for posterity though.

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    1. Funny thing is that my sister was the more lively of us when we were children. Maybe it's me trying to keep her still, lol!

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  12. Maybe the camera went off before she was ready.

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  13. My mother took tons of similar photos. Mostly chopping off the heads though. Maybe mom's just get nervous right before they click.
    Nancy

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  14. Very funny. It's curious how many Sepia Saturday bloggers have saved these kinds of snaps. Yesterday they came in envelopes from the photo lab only to lie buried in a desk drawer. Today with digital cameras, they just get deleted.

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