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Finding Memories #4

By rosie42  
~ Mai & Anna Maria ~

Mai & Anna Maria are friends. Mai moved to Hobart in 1970 with her two sons. In Ireland, she grew up tending potatoes and turnips on the family farm, losing her mother at just ten years of age. Feeling keenly the importance of family, she worked hard to keep her own family of three together, always with a lilting laugh and a ready smile.

Anna Maria and her architect husband moved from Italy to Tasmania with their infant daughter. Next year she will turn 80. A regular at the gym, she loves to walk and to play piano. She routinely partakes of an elixir of youth a green juice blended from vegetables and herbs picked fresh from her very own garden.


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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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

Voters: MDaniel, rah, rontear and 18 more

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rontear Plus
16 21 8 England
15 Jan 2008 8:10AM
Another intimate portrait Susie. Informal yet informed. Ron.

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2099 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2008 10:55AM
There's a lovely balance between the two faces, the two pairs of hands. Double portraits are difficult - this one works for me.
motoads 12 14 Australia
15 Jan 2008 11:32AM
nice light susie, also i like that the woman in the back is showing absolutely no interest in having her photo taken!

it feels like i (the viewer) am sitting in there with them :o)

well done, ads :o)
rosie42 15 7 Australia
18 Jan 2008 12:13AM
Thank you for taking the time to view and comment Ron, Moira & Ads - much appreciated, as always ...

Susie :o)
John_Humphreys 14 69 2 Ireland
18 Jan 2008 9:55PM
This is a very nice portrait with a good balance between the two subjects and very nice soft lighting from the window behind. The life stories of these two ladies are not as 'racy' as the previous two, their lives reflecting the more common everyday challenges people face. There is a lovely gentleness evident in the picture. John
rosie42 15 7 Australia
19 Jan 2008 3:23AM
I'm grateful for your considered feedback, John - thank you!

Susie :o)
bliba Plus
14 2 Austria
2 Feb 2008 9:14PM
super light .......
rosie42 15 7 Australia
4 Feb 2008 11:20AM
Cheers Ollie...

Susie :o)

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