Most of the time, we approach pictures with a somewhat critical eye. How is the composition? Did we get enough contrast while still leaving some detail in the shadow and highlights? What about the white balance?
But sometimes you see a picture and realize that there’s an entirely way to look at things. It’s not about the technique, it’s about the memories, the way a picture can bring to life a scene that would otherwise be lost, even to those who were there.
Without any adornment, and with decidedly low fidelity, here’s a picture that brings to mind a particular moment, a particular gathering of people as they existed nearly half a century ago. We plucked this from a series a family member has been creating – from shoebox to scanner and so back to life.
We’ll just call it ‘first grandchild,’ and take in the proud parents in the background, the doting grandmother, the somewhat nonplussed aunts . . .