My aunt e-mailed this picture recently. It shows my mom with her five siblings and parents on the back patio of their house in Houston, Texas. My grandmother, Joy, stands in the background, carrying a tray of beverages. It almost seems like a Back to the Future sort of moment to stare into the scene and imagine myself there.
The following picture is a charcoal work by Joy which she made in the 1940’s. I had a high-quality reproduction done last summer, and they included a digital copy. It’s reminiscent of her childhood days in Kansas.
And lastly, one of my own recent photos. I had the feeling this would be a great picture, but I was disappointed when it turned out rather bland. However, using some editing software to make it a black-and-white shot made it a much better picture. It has some interesting shapes and light/dark contrasts.