I'm not going to be able to be creative on this one, I've studied it and written a huge paper on Diane Arbus. But I think she's great! We were talking abut her in my philo of art class today, actually.
I was hoping someone would kind of do either a fictional few paragraph account, or if they know the history of it, to give it kind of a memoir feeling to it. Oh well. :)
I know I'm living pay check to pay check right now, and I've been sick so this next pay check is going to be very meager indeed. Won't cover rent.
This picture has been in several books I've read, usually primary source histories of the period in between when McKinley got shot and World War 2. The Depression has some pretty disheartening stories.
*nod* Yep. I know. Sad stuff.
I'm surprised so far no one has taken the creative prompt. Oh well.
Ooh, the comedy route!
I hope someone goes sci fi, and someone does musical, above the necessary dramatic retelling.
2006-11-15 10:02 am (UTC)
A story about some picture I was given - by deathbgothic
((Don't expect proper grammar, perfect spelling, correct usage of punctuation, nor appropriate sentence structure. think of this merely as a rough draft))
She sat with her children against the side of a decaying building, a ripped a torn tarp, her only protection from the elements, posed as her home. Her clothing smelled of dust and trash, having foraged earlier in the remains of the city she had once happily lived in, so many year ago.
The war had taken everything. Her home, her family, her job, her husband. the only thing she had left was her life and her children, the last remaining vestige of her dearly departed spouse.
Things had been great back in the days before the war. Scientists had just invented something called "Cold Fusion",and it was the new wave for alternative energy, but with good things, there must also be bad. the government began testing the new energy source on the battlefield, tweaking it here and there to fit their needs. they had turned it into a weapon; a weapon that had caused the end of everything she believed in and knew.
In all reality the Koreans had started the whole damn thing, some long forgotten holy war spurred back into life with the election of the last president.
all hell broke loose and the missiles had gone flying. She remember vividly the bright aura in the sky that day, and the horrible waves of death that fallowed them...
And now here she was, struggling daily to keep her children alive in a world they should not have been suffered to live in.
Hoping every day that perhaps this was ll a dream and she would wake up any minute in her warm bed, happy again.,but this did not happen, and she woke in tears often,d reading the long day ahead.
((No clue how to finish this :P too tired.))
2006-11-15 10:06 am (UTC)
Re: A story about some picture I was given - by deathbgothic
Oh I can't wait to read more, if you feel so inclined to finish it eventually. I love your imagery!!
You have a story to accompany her?
2006-11-15 03:41 pm (UTC)
Aw shit, you just made my Art Teacher side pop out
This is Dorthea Lange's "Migrant Mother" from the 1930s dustbowl era. It's a gelatin silver print and contrary to popular belief, is staged. When Lange first came upon the family, they were living in a tent selling things to survive. There is also a teenage daughter (not pictured), but Lange purposely left her out. Lange did not want the viewer to question the morality of her subject, and the fact that the mother probably had her eldest quite young would not help. So she positioned the mother with her 3 youngest, 2 on her shoulders and one cradled in her arms. The mother serves as a pillar of strength for her little ones who depend on her for survival, symbolic of all mothers during the depression. The children are in tattered clothing, covered in dirt and the mother has deep lines in her face indicating stress and hardship. Depiste all of this, the mother maintains a confident gaze, as if she knows that everything will work out.
Ok, so my writing skills suck in the morning, but you get the idea.
2006-11-15 08:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Aw shit, you just made my Art Teacher side pop out
I never would have guessed that it was staged. thank you so much for the inside info on this photograph! Very interesting!
Everytime I see that pic, I feel sad :(
I heard that mammoths still exist in China.
2006-11-15 09:29 pm (UTC)
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i did a project on dorthea lange a couple years ago, she has some really good stuff.
Want to post your favorite? :)
wow i posted that photo too on stumble upon. hey check out stumbleupon.com. it is a lot of randomness. i am ketogah on there. i hope you are doing well. i missed you. i am back now. i missed this place. peace, nancy