Unexpected [Beauty]

Can a vernacular photographer create images of great expressive power? Yes.
More complicated than it seems, this image is a riddle. What is the relationship between these two dandies? Why are they dressed so smartly for the lake? Is the figure on the left a young man or a young woman? Ultimately we cannot know much for certain. The lemon-colored pantsuit hints at femininity in the construction of the collar and the way the sleeve meets the cuff. but the photograph has entered the great slipstream of discards and any narrative link has been broken.
What remains is the pleasure of a visual rhyme. The hair color of the boy matches the color of the pantsuit. The hair color of the “girl” is linked to the color of the boy’s pants. Our eyes cross back and forth between them, tracing diagonals of correspondence. Whatever the original intention of the photographer, he has managed to set up a lively image requiring that our minds and eyes work back and forth across the scene.

More complicated than it seems, this image is a riddle. What is the relationship between these two dandies? Why are they dressed so smartly for the lake? Is the figure on the left a young man or a young woman? Ultimately we cannot know much for certain. The lemon-colored pantsuit hints at femininity in the construction of the collar and the way the sleeve meets the cuff. but the photograph has entered the great slipstream of discards and any narrative link has been broken.

What remains is the pleasure of a visual rhyme. The hair color of the boy matches the color of the pantsuit. The hair color of the “girl” is linked to the color of the boy’s pants. Our eyes cross back and forth between them, tracing diagonals of correspondence. Whatever the original intention of the photographer, he has managed to set up a lively image requiring that our minds and eyes work back and forth across the scene.

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    !!!me likey!!! gender be blurred!!!
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