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Finding Memories #13

By rosie42  
~ Yenni ~

In the final days of World War II, Yenni and her Czech–Hungarian family were part of the civilian population trapped between retreating and advancing armies. In 1969, one year after the Czechoslovakian democracy movement was crushed by the Russians, the family received immigrant permits to Australia.

A vivacious, strong woman, Yenni’s tale is that of a survivor. After losing everything, leaving everything behind, what remains are the truly civilised, profoundly human values she carried within her when all outward accoutrements had been lost or destroyed. Yenni still feels emotional on hearing the Hungarian, Slovakian or Russian anthems. She cries when she hears the song "I Still Call Australia Home".

~~~

This series features people who have made Tasmania their home since moving from far flung places, each a stranger to me until the day we met to make the images. Each shared with me an amazing life story and it's been an absolute pleasure to spend time listening to their memories, some of which accompany the images here.

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Finding Memories #2
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Finding Memories #7
Finding Memories #8
Finding Memories #9
Finding Memories #10
Finding Memories #11
Finding Memories #12
Finding Memories #14

The images are deliberately unconstructed and rely solely on available light.

Thank you for looking - all feedback (+/-) gratefully received ...

Susie :o)

Tags: Traditional darkroom Black and white Portraits and people

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Sep 12 1.3k England
3 Feb 2008 10:42PM
A touching account,and some good images.
Rgds Joe

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3 Feb 2008 10:49PM
good work!
cantona43 Plus
14 927 4 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2008 11:20PM
beautiful shot wonderful documentary
Neil
Diana 13 2.0k 19 Netherlands
3 Feb 2008 11:44PM
Beautiful, hope you are going to make a book out of these

Dianna
plugin 15 1 Canada
4 Feb 2008 1:46AM
Great series!
Jim
4 Feb 2008 4:44AM
terrific portrait susie. in this one you clearly focused more on the person and here facial expressions and her gestures. their home environment is much less prominent, yet it works just as well. this must also be the first photo in the series that suggests the presence of a 3rd person, apart from you and Yenni, but the way she isn't looking into the lens and seems to be interacting with someone else. So I assume someone was doing the interviews which gave you time to focus on the photographs ?
rosie42 15 7 Australia
4 Feb 2008 5:37AM
Thank you Joe, Popescu, Neil, Dianna & Jim for taking the time to leave your impressions - it's much appreciated!

And hi Koen - thank you for your interest in the series! Actually no, there wasn't a third person present... I recorded my conversations with my subjects on an mp3 player as I took the shots. In this instance, the camera was mounted on a tripod and I used a remote to release the shutter... I was standing to one side of the tripod and this accounts for the direction of Yenni's gaze being away from the lens...

Susie :o)
NevP 14 853 13 Canada
4 Feb 2008 7:55AM
I just love this, great idea to shoot remotely. 1st class.
4 Feb 2008 8:28AM
there goes my theory Wink
rosie42 15 7 Australia
4 Feb 2008 9:24AM
Cheers Nev - delighted you like this...

lol Koen - but I do like to keep you guessing?! {õ¿~}
Nic_WA 15 179 2 Australia
4 Feb 2008 11:11AM
One of your best imo...certainly one of my favourites.
Interested to read that you're recording your conversation - I'm in the middle of planning a similar project at the moment.
rosie42 15 7 Australia
4 Feb 2008 10:15PM
Thank you for your visit, Nic...

Susie :o)
PatriciaWilson 15 615 58 Greece
7 Feb 2008 3:37AM
interesting story and a strong portrait.

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