These are the two photos I submitted for an exhibition entitled Woman As Photographer at the Mpls Photo Center. I took these photos years ago, when I wasn’t taking photos for a living but more for pleasure. They were shot on a humble digital point and shoot but they are two of my most favorite photos I have ever taken. They are currently framed in my kitchen.
I definitely didn’t think they would win or even be accepted into the exhibition but I was glad that I put myself out there. You can check out the results and the winners here — amazing work! I want to continue to challenge myself and photograph not just for work but for myself as well.
I love that the main subject in both photos is a mother, and that the connection between myself and the child is real. The little girl looked right at me, and the boy found my eyes right after I shot the photo. I love that one was taken in Thailand, and the other in Yellowstone, but both subjects are wearing a brightly colored sari. Most of all, I love the movement that both photos evoke…from a walk on a path to a brisk walk on a busy street market. It makes me remember each of those moments – where I was, and what I was feeling.
They’re not perfect, but I think they are beautiful.
The titles I submitted for the exhibition were simple: Pink Sari and Woman on Path. However, after giving it a little more thought, I believe these are the titles I should have submitted:
Blurry Photo Of Little Girl Looking At Me and The Orange in Her Sari Matches the Orange in the Lake.
Now that is my sense of humor.
Because, let’s face it, it’s the truth!