Words About Pictures: More National Book Festival Visitor Comments

As the previous “Words About Pictures” blog post demonstrated, street scenes can offer considerable matter for interpretation.  Not only do they show exteriors, but they stir thoughts about interiors: what might be going on inside the buildings or the people depicted?

Here’s an image that brings interior and exterior together in an interesting way and elicited many comments from National Book Festival visitors.

New York, New York. A woman and her dog in the Harlem section. Photo by Gordon Parks, 1943 May

New York, New York. A woman and her dog in the Harlem section. Photo by Gordon Parks, 1943 May. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsa.8d28566

One visitor, upon viewing the picture without a caption,  offered these responses to our questions:

What do you see in the picture?

“There is a beautiful woman with a dog. Looking out of the window observing what’s happening outside, they look content.”

What do you think that the photographer was trying to show?

“The photographer captured the changing times.  Liberation, Freedom, love, and happiness.”

We’re grateful to this individual and the many other visitors who shared thoughts about the photo with us, helping to demonstrate the many meanings a single picture can inspire.

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