1. Dreaming by Peter Pryzibille
I thought this was a wolf at first. It’s not. According to the description, it’s an Alaskan Husky. I’m not familiar with Alaskan Huskies (my Uncle has a Siberian Husky,) so I confused it with a wolf. What I liked most about the picture, besides the dog of course, is the locale. Gorgeous! The mountains in the back and the flowers in the front accentuate would would have been a quite ordinary picture if had been shot, say, on the couch.
2. New Shoes by Gerald Waller
This image is equal parts touching and unfamiliar in our age of excess. Sure, there are some parts of the world where poverty is commonplace, but as I type on my laptop in the room full of electronics, those places seem very far away. Anyway, this little boy is just thrilled to have new shoes to wear, and the look on his little face is priceless 🙂
3. Brooklyn Family Going on a Sunday Outing by Diane Arbus
Diane Arbus excelled at capturing the ‘freaks’ and outcasts who too often slip through the cracks in everyday society. This picture might at first seem to be nothing out of the ordinary, but look closer. The son is… not right. His mouth hangs open, his eyes tilt to the side somewhat vacantly. The parents do NOT look happy. The boy is, indeed, mentally disabled, and in that day and age the parents are probably fighting society to keep their kid out of an institution. It’s a Sunday Outing! Shouldn’t they be having fun? Not really. Well the little boy is, anyway.
4. Robert Doisneau
I can’t find a title on this one. This irrepressible scamp looks like the kind of kid little boys wanted desperately to be friends with, and teachers dreaded having in their class. Look at the wee little mischief maker. He doesn’t look like a bad lad at heart, though, just the early-20th century equivalent of a class clown. The look on his face coupled with his position on the lamppost is what makes this photo genius.
5. Alessandro Rocchi
The interesting thing about this is that the subject that SHOULD be ugly (the boils, the sickly skin) instead is weirdly attractive and full of character. The coy-slash-innocent little lip bite makes her more appealing than you ever thought possible. And those EYES. Wow! Also, very fine eyebrows.
6. Anja Steigler
Last of all, I decided to pick a photoshopped picture (“That’s not really photography!” the art snob in you says) to round out the collection. This picture leaves a lot to interpretation (dissociative identity disorder? Loss of self?) but it’s definitely very cool and the visuals just POP out at you.
Feel free to suggest photography or artists for my next edition. And comment! Even if you aren’t a photography expert (which trust me, I’m not) surely you must have something to say. Every photo tells a story (well, every good photo.) Anything you’d like to add? Comment on?