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artist, unknown

Posted in Uncategorized by stefanie on January 26, 2010

Several years ago, this photograph was submitted to my school’s literary journal while I was working as Art Editor.  A group of art students and I had spent the afternoon going through the stack of submissions, reaching rather quick consensus on which pieces we wanted to publish — until this photo came up.

I still can’t say exactly what I saw in it — but one thing is certain, no one else saw it.  I may have aggrandized it in my mind, but I remember arguing about it for a while – argument which I lost faced with the unanimous opinion that the photo just looked accidental.

The decision to publish it was ultimately mine to make, but in some attempt to respect the editorial process, I chose not too.  But the image struck a chord in me. It had this nostalgia and fragility about it, and I decided to hold on to it. In the process, though, I failed to even make note of who had submitted it — artist or accidental point-and-shooter, I’ll never know.

But four years later, I still find myself going back to it. To the point where I sometimes feel like I took it myself. In some strange way this image has become a part of me… so this is where I begin.

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