Mary Ellen & the almost teen
Mary Ellen Mark was born in 1940 in Pennsylvania. She completed an MA in photojournalism. She was a talented photographer that concentrated on commercial and personal projects. Her pictures are mostly all black and white. She likes devoting her pictures to humanity by creating pictures of compassion. Sturken and Cartwright in their article “Practices of Looking” talked about computer software and how it could have the ability of changing things in images. They talk about how computers can refine with techniques and manipulate the image as they would like. They have the ability to draw attention to what the photographer wants the audience to look at within a picture. This picture was chosen because Mary does exactly the opposite in most of her photographs. She does not concentrate on any specific part of a photograph and does not want to draw attention to something specific in each of her photographs. What caught my attention of all of her photographs was the fact that she only wants the audience to see humanity and the truth. In this particular picture, there is a girl probably almost getting to her teen years. She looks vulnerable, lovable, quiet, and most of all peaceful. The dress that she is wearing and the shoes caught my attention the most. It looks like a fancy little girl in the 1970s.