Melanie Chapman 02
1. When was this photo taken?
2. Where was this photo taken?
In front of my home
3. Who took this photo?
4. What are we looking at here?
A child I don't recognize collecting bugs during a typical gathering at my house.
5. How does this old photo make you feel?
I keep coming back to this photo because everything about it is just out of reach: the container, the juice cup that matches the color of his/her sleeve, the focus, the identity of the child or the man patiently participating...everything in this moment is a bit blurred and faded, including why I took this picture.
6. Is this what you expected to see?
I had no expectations, the roll of 120 film was not labeled, so I only knew I was the person who must have exposed the film but had no clue as to what we'd find, if anything.
7. What kind of memories does this photo bring back?
I remember the era when our group of friends all had young children and we would often gather so the kids could play and we adults could also have fun and hang out, drink, smoke, laugh together. Families have since moved out of state, gotten divorced, kids gone off to college...
This weekend will be Easter and there will be no egg hunt or gathering at my house, everyone has grown apart, gone away. I miss that time, though it was probably post 9-11, so it was not a time of innocence for the adults. We must have tried to preserve that though, for our kids.
8. How do you think others will respond to this photo?
People will probably wish this image was more interesting, certainly wish it was in focus.
Maybe thats why it IS interesting, feels more like a memory than a document.