Spread #6 – Say ‘Branza’! July 15, 2008Posted by Orly in Uncategorized.
The man and the woman in this picture are my grandparents. They were from Romania. When I look at them I wonder why they don’t smile to me.
Why didn’t they smile to the camera in the old days? Was it because they had bad teeth or no teeth at all and didn’t want to expose them? Was it because they needed to pose for long minutes due to old cameras exposure time? Was it considered rude to smile since taking a photograph was a formal event and not a casual ‘capturing the moment’ type of thing? Whatever the reason is, it made for cold, distanced images.
How about today? We take snap shots, we say ‘cheese’, and click, it’s done. I’m not sure I’m that impressed with that either. Now we have way too many pictures of people with fake smiles, pretending they are happy, making believe they are having a joyous moment.
As you can see I used an old photograph of my grandparents to visually ‘discuss’ this. They were warm hearted and had a huge sense of humor..No hint of that in this picture.
By now you probably found out that ‘Branza’ means cheese!