Toward an uncertain future.

HOMAGE TO DOROTHEA LANGE

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They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but trying to imitate the work of Dorothea Lange would be the equivalent of trying to copy da Vinci’s Mona Lisa! Not that it shouldn’t be done, it can’t be done!

Our lead photo is “The Road Ahead“; U. S. c.1928. The driver of this car seems to be troubled or uncertain about what is about to happen. We can speculate forever about his situation. This reminds us of the photo “Ditched, Stalled and Stranded”; San Joaquin Valley, California (1935) taken by Dorothea Lange. In that image the future for this Okie and his family was clearly uncertain.

Okies on their way to California during the Dust Bowl.

Okies on their way to California during the Dust Bowl.

 

Our photo “Shopkeeper“; Macon, Georgia (1941) perhaps shows the strains of hard economic times closer to Lange’s interpretation.

 

Strain of hard economic times shows on the face of this shopkeeper.

Strain of hard economic times shows on the face of this shopkeeper.