Only the most important employees get the designated parking spaces.
I have added this image, which I call Walking out of Dreamland into Wakefulness, to the Abstractions and Still Life gallery at my Online Photo Gallery, one of my related sites, a link for which is in the right hand column of this page.
I rarely make traditional portraits, those images that consist of the head and shoulders of an individual looking straight at the camera, with nothing in the background but a plain white wall. I find such photos boring. And I find books of such photos, head-and-shoulders portrait after head-and-shoulders portrait, uninteresting.
Nevertheless, I took this portrait of a friend in a Toronto cafe, and indeed, my subject is looking straight at the camera in a photograph depicting her head and shoulders, more or less. However, the photo is made more interesting, in my view, by the design on the cafe wall – an outline of a girl’s profile – and the fragment of a girl on the left, whose shirt echoes the pattern on the shirt of my subject.
The combination of my subject’s expression and these other elements is what makes this a portrait worthy of sharing with you.
This contemporary Indian Girl looks out at the world from the security of her mother’s traditions.
A Native American friend of mine, upon viewing this photo, stated: “Most Native people including myself feel as though we are forced to live between two or more worlds…. but then, maybe everyone does at their own core of existence. Do you know the type of dress the woman is wearing? It’s called a jingle dress, there are 365 cones sewn onto it, one for each day of the year. A prayer is said for each day before it is sewn on. Now, do you know what the cones were made of?”
The answer to the last question: snuff can lids.
I have added this image to the Portraits Gallery at my online Photo Gallery.