Saturday, January 16, 2010

THE CLASSICS – that old Kodak moment

This was a popular event with 50 photos entered.  It was a lot of fun not only to view the interesting old photos, but to read the stories behind each of them.  We may have to bring this extra event back again sometime in the future.  The voting gave us a tie for third place and honorable mention, and we have decided to include all of them here.

Congratulations to all our winners, and thanks to everyone for sharing your photos and memories.

FIRST PLACE: Shers Gallagher, Grapes of Gallagher Brothers

SECOND PLACE: Ron Shook, Ruth and Outlaw Frank James

TIE THIRD PLACE: Ludmila Kalmaeva, Me & Sasha

TIE THIRD PLACE: Shers Gallagher, Shers' Irish-American Mother

HONORABLE MENTION: Kip Kennedy, Feeding Chickens on the Farm

HONORABLE MENTION: Kip Kennedy, Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo'

BEST OF THEME: Barbara Lake, RAF Chang Grammar School--Singapore

The administrators chose this event's Best of Theme - a special event apart from our regular contests with motif selected by administrators - as a wonderful example of that old Brownie moment.  Shers did the honors explaining our choice:
'The Classics' has been an enjoyable theme, causing many of us to dig into forgotten boxes and dust off old memories. Most enchanting is Barbara (Bee) Lake's shot, being so far away from home as we know it and posing so adorably coquettish with classmates at a Singapore grammar school. The scene brings home Jane Howard's pithy but true quote: "Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one."


  1. Oh my goodness I almost dropped when I saw this come up on FB! I thought the others far more interesting.

    Thank you so much

  2. What is it about this 'youth photo' of Bee that I've particularly found so captivating? I suppose it's the look of something foreign and exotic, such as out of a novel of Kipling's or E.M. Forster. No, Bee, you far underestimate yourself and the power of suggestion you often captivate and present to us. Cheers

  3. I especially loved this Picture Picks theme because I was a born storyteller, and these photos of our personal histories - these and all others still posted for this week's contest theme on Facebook - tell story after story, weaving nuances of lives lived and tales untold but left to our imaginings to presume what they were or might have been. And they're so personally ours...our families, our roots, our humanity and slices of history that sadly don't make it into published books. These photos, however, are our records of 'what is' and 'what was'. Talk about powerful imagery!