Tuesday, May 24, 2011
The above portrait is of a grandmother and her great-granddaughter who are of Italian descent. I call this image 'Nonna Bella', which means 'beautiful grandmother' in Italian. This image is part of a series that i shot of this family. I suppose you need to understand the dynamics of this family in order to appreciate the photograph...The woman in this picture (grandmother) is the matriarch of her family, which is common in the Italian culture. She raised eight children...has many many grandchildren and great grandchildren, and has worked very hard throughout her life. Now, in her 90's, she is tired. Somewhat hardened by life's trials and tribulations, she has always maintained a tough and strong exterior...perhaps in order to always assure those around her that they need not worry because she could handle anything that came her way. Despite her hard exterior, she could never resist smiling when her grandchildren and great-grandchildren are around her. That is what i wanted to capture. It's a lot to capture in one photograph, but that's the great challenge of a photographer.