I wish that taking a photo helped, but it does not. Regardless of the circumstances which put this couple out on this corner on this day, this must be nothing but a humbling experience. It also makes me think…
When we see folks out on the corners and intersections asking for work, food, or help, it is very easy to pass a quick judgement. The thought that just passed my mind was this: do we have that same reaction to photos from the Great Depression? When we see the “Migrant Mother”, do we think she almost deserves the life she has because of bad choices? Or maybe, “she is just faking it to get a little sympathy.” No, that probably is not what we are thinking.
However, people of that time were thinking something along those lines. I recently saw some photos taken during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl showing signs directing blacks and Okies to the balcony of a movie theater.
I would guess most of us would interpret these two photos differently. I do. Maybe we have good reason for a differing interpretation, and maybe we do not. Any thoughts?