FACES IN THE CROWD #3
Page 3 is more of the same. Tons of faces, so have at it. I hope you enjoy. Photos I have taken over the years. They are here to honor the individuals I have known down through the years. Some I do not know, but had an interesting face. Click on the photograph if you want to make the image bigger.
A couple of faces stand out. One is that beautiful young red head in the back of my aunt Mazie's 1964 Ford. The photo was taken in 1965, with a Ricoh 500, 35mm camera that my father bought for me along with a light meter in 1961. It was my first camera and is primitive by todays standards. It had a fixed lens, was not an SLR, but had a view finder to frame your shot. It was hard to get the focus just right and you can see how out of focus some of the older photos were in some cases.
Nancy has a face that lauched a 1000 ships. She looks like a young Scarlett Johnansson. Yes, she was my girl friend about 1965. Why the sad face? Well I was leaving Jacksonville, Florida, at the end of the school year to join my parents in Albuquerque, NM, never to see her again. It was like a funeral. The camera captured that moment before I borded that plane.
Also another photo of Nancy, top row far right. This was in happier times in 1965.
The fisherman is a different tale. I was walking along the jetty with my Hasselblad and this guy was there. I started to focus on him and he turned around and I said to him that if he would catch a big fish I would put him on the front cover of National Geographic. hi. I think for a second he believed me. the camera captured that moment of disbelief.
The ROTC photo was my platoon. I graduated from ROTC and actually retired a major in the Army reserves as an Armor Officer after 20 years. This was about 1971. The image was on a slide that I had converted to digital. I can't believe we were all so young and thin. What happend?
The black and white of the man with the dogs is kinda interesting. I was downtown Corpus Christi, Texas. I saw this fellow up on the grassy hill and asked if I could take his photo. He said yes. We begain talking and he began to tell me about some trauma in his life, and he had also been in the Navy. I got the impression he was a vagabond, but I am not sure?
The lady sitting with half her face illuminated by sunlight is an interesting photograph. She did not like it, but I do. I think the lighting adds drama, rather than just the usual. Plus, I do not like to photograph people smiling like a deer caught in the head lights. This was a natural photo. I told her to look at me as she was reading and when she looked up I snapped the shot. I met her on a movie set up in Austin. We were both budding actors at the time. Movie? My All American. A football story.
On the bottom is my aunt Mazie. She was like a second mother to me. I needed her stability when I was young because my mother was at times an emotional wreck. I am thankful she was in my life. All of us came from Wilmington, NC. But moved to Jacksonville, Florida about 1960 where these photos were taken. The middle photo is my mother (Mazie's sister), and aunt Fey on the left side and John her husband on the right. All deceased now. The last photo is of Mazie. She did not like to have her photo taken! When I would attempt to take her photo she would always say that it made her look fat. I said Mazie; the camera does not lie. hi. A profound statement from a 15 year old! Well, I though it was funny, but she did not. Took the photo anyway. I am glad I did. Now that she is gone that is all I have. You don't think like that when you are photographing, but you are recording time which as the years roll by will become more valuable to you.