Monday, March 28, 2016

Finding Vivian Maier .... and ourselves

     I just watched the documentary Finding Vivian Maier. It is a film about a man who bought a box full of negatives at an auction and discovered photos of an amateur photographer. The photos were amazing. They were never displayed anywhere until after her death. The man who found these photos found out that Vivian Maier was a nanny and took these amazing photos as a personal hobby that no one knew about. Now that they have been discovered they have been exhibited in galleries.
    What struck me about this film was not just that it was a shame that she was not able to profit from her talent but that she did not bother sharing her photos with friends. No one  really ever saw these amazing photos. No one would have really found them had the storage area where she had kept her photos had not been cleared out and auctioned off.
       Like Vivian Maier there is so much about others that we do not know. There is so much about ourselves we do not share. There is so much potential in each of us that is not being maximized or shared with others. After watching this film I was really glad that I post my photos on facebook and sometimes on my blog. Pictures are not just two dimensional. They show so much about the subject and the way the photographer relates to the subject. It tells a story and evokes emotion.
      There is a lot of  potential in everyone. Its important to try and figure out what it is and try to not to just keep it to ourselves.

1 comment:

Mr. Cohen said...

Frum Female said:

"...there is so much about others that we do not know."

my response:

Then we should judge each other favorably [Dan LeCaf Zechut].