Friday, March 22, 2013

Lights, camera, emotions and cut!

If you dined at Sometime's Cafe & Bistro, you do so surrounded with books and antiques. What I remembered while admiring old decor at Sometime's is the same as when I saw one feature of this week's Sepia prompt: cameras.

My Aunt Rebecca is a widow who raised a brood of nine on her husband's photography business. Endeared to the device that played an important role in their survival, one of her grandsons was named Yashica.

Something during Aunt Rebecca's husband's funeral always made me wonder why it was like that. No one in the family ever discussed it. I suspect it's because everyone thinks her crying got a bit out of control. Once I took my mother aside to wring out her opinion of her sister's behavior, and she frankly observed that her sister's display of emotions was rather exaggerated.

The scene at that wake must have created different emotions among those present. This pen and ink Study in Emotions by Charles Le Brun shows Aunt Rebecca's grief - third face from the left, first row above.

Do you see any of your emotions in the photo? 

Third one to the right, bottom row is my facial expression when trapped in something boring but obligatory. Meanwhile a variety of emotions swirls around the latest drama of a national hero's daughter. Everyone is either tired or annoyed. Some are smirking, some cursing, some just don't give a damn and yet some are stoic to the whole thing. Personal issues, no matter how prominent the individual or how many times their Dad's face is printed on the country's currency, should be managed in a way the entire nation does not have to watch it on prime time TV.

The ongoing national brouhaha is portrayed well right in Charles Le Brun's work!


  1. My emotion right now is closest to that of the second face from the left, bottom row: rather pensive. I'm thinking how clever you are to connect cameras and public displays of emotion.

  2. Bottom left when I'm angry - but without the hair!

  3. The first two without doubt, who me I'm a little angel.

  4. Top right for me in a relaxed mood after a glass or two of red wine. An unusual and clever take on the prompt.

  5. How funny that they named their son "Yashica" after their camera.
    I wonder how many babies these days are named "Iphoto"!!

  6. Thanks for the photograph of an old twin lens reflex camera, which will always get my vote. How unusual a name. That's a veritable minefield you are stepping into there ... the display of emotions in public.

  7. No but I would like that alarming hat for appropriate occasions.

  8. I knew a man who worked in radiology and his name was Roentgen.
    Very interesting interpretation of the theme this week.

  9. My dad had a Yashica twin lens that I got to use once in while. The way the viewfinder reverses the image made focusing a challenge, so snapping the shutter required patience, but the photos were super. The way the camera is pointed with the photographers face looking down, may allow for more candid pictures when the subject caught unaware.

    I'm most often the face at lower left, yelling at the computer or the printer again for disobeying orders.

  10. Wonderful. Oh I so wish I had called my son Yashica. What a name, what a camera,... what a post.

  11. Very interesting. Maybe being a widow with 9 kids and a business to run made her feel sorry for herself at the funeral; thinking of how hard she was going to have to work in the future. What a neat post.

    I am like Wendy, listening and learning (in the first row, second one in).

    Kathy M.

  12. Okay I confess pretty much the entire top row can be me at any given time, as for most of the others, scary!!!!

  13. I'm still smiling at naming a child "Yashica!" And I believe I have had every one of those emotions on my face at one time or another!



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