Wedding Photographer – 1950

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This was taken at one of my Nana’s eight sister’s weddings.  It was 1950.  I love this photograph.  The cars, the reflection of the opposite side of the street in the car on the left, and the wedding photographer shielding himself from his medium.

Tokyo, Japan ~ 1950s

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This photo was taken on a trip to Tokyo, Japan, sometime between 1952 and 1956.   I like the movement, and how it looks as though she took the picture without stopping.

Boy at sunset ~ Motobu, Okinawa ~ 1955

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 From 1952 to 1956 my Nana lived on the island of Okinawa.  Her husband was stationed there.  This is a photograph from a trip they took to Motobu, Okinawa in 1955.

‘Monument To Victor Emanuel and The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier’ ~ 1949

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I still haven’t been able to talk to Nana to get stories for any images.  But I decided I should still work on them.  Here’s one she took in 1949 in Rome, Italy in 1949.  She was newly married and traveling around Europe with her husband.

‘The Streets Of Holland’ ~ 1948

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Nana hasn’t been doing that well, so I haven’t been able to call her and get any stories about any photographs.  But I decided they don’t always need a story.  They create stories in your head just by looking at them.

‘Florence Cathedral’ ~ 1949

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Nana got to experience and photograph the world during a time I will never know.  However, through her pictures I feel connected to her.  She was around my age now when she was taking these photographs.  I’m sure we would have been friends had we found ourselves in the same decade.

She didn’t have much to say about Florence, except for that it was beautiful.  And that the Italian people were very hospitable.

‘Untitled Bar/Diner’ ~ 1947

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On a roll of black and white film, in between shots of Paris and the Swiss Alps, are a few shots taken inside of this unknown Bar.  Nana doesn’t remember it.  She said she’d stopped in too many of these types of places to remember a specific one’s name.

I love this photograph.  The movement of the waiter and bartender, the angle from which she took it, the lines on the ceiling, the light coming in through the windows. I only find myself wondering what color everything was.

‘Canal – Venice, Italy’ ~ 1949

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Nana said she loved being in Italy and France the most, because of all the beautiful sounds you would hear just walking around, namely the native languages.  She said she wished she would have learned to speak Italian or French so she could have joined in all the conversations she heard as she walked around.

‘Colonnades In St. Peter’s Square’ ~ 1949

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Nana and Grandpa were newly married and touring Europe.  She took this photograph in Vatican City.  When I was packing up her house with her, I found a ziploc bag that had a scarf in it, and the bag was labeled “Scarf I bought in Italy in 1949 for my audience with the Pope.”

So sometime before or after this photograph was taken is when I’m guessing they went to have an audience with the Pope.

 

‘Headed Toward the Arc de Triomphe’ ~ 1947

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This is the image I have been using for the header on this blog.  I’ve printed it 16×20 for my guest bedroom.  I love this picture.  It was one of the first negatives I ever scanned in.  To me it’s just perfect.  I want to go back to these places she photographed and do a re-photographic survey and see how each place has changed.  The cars are probably the main thing that’s changed.

Nana told me this was the first time she ever saw the Arc.  And took 3 pictures leading up to it.  This is the third photograph, the closest one to the Arc.