My grandmother at age 16
Yes, everyone was young at one time. And if you are fortunate enough to have a candid photograph like this, taken with a Kodak, you can really step into their world. Most photos from that era are stiff formal photos with the kind of grimacing smiles and tense looks that are inevitable from that type of setting.
Someone in my family was a Kodaker. This type of technology was just being made available to ordinary people after the turn of the century, and it must have been amazing. For myself, I have made it a point to try to take photos like this - not posed, not composed, and not only of "backgrounds". I've carried around a camera since I was a teenager, not to photograph sunsets, or to compete with Ansel Adams, but to, hopefully, take this type of snapshot. Yes, this is a snapshot. The most precious photos I own are snapshots.
I can hear her laugh.
Posted by Brad Hall