Monday, November 03, 2008

the camera's gaze

When a photograph is made we say it's taken as if it were an act of theft or subterfuge.

But a shot like this seems to me to be freely given -- its subjects are seen, recognized, loved, and they respond generously to the photographer's gaze.

This is a shot of Barack Obama and his grandfather, Stanley Dunham. I'll lay money down that she was Barack Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham -- who passed away last night -- who met their laughter with her own.

1 comment:

anniemcq said...

Thank you for sharing this, my friend. I was so sad to learn she had passed before seeing her grandson become President. Visualize a Landslide.

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