Rudeness

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A lesson in reading facial expressions, and why one photo doesn’t tell a story.

1-X30B2417“Little girl interrupts a photo shoot,” 8th & F Streets, NW, Washington, DC, March 2016. This is my favorite shot of the sequence and adds to the debate regarding whether a single shot can tell a story. See the entire sequence below to see if you think it does. Key on the facial expression of the young woman taking the photo.

Young woman sets up to take a photo on her cell phone. A little girl crosses over the steps. Her mother sees the photo shoot.

Young woman sets up to take a photo on her cell phone. A little girl crosses over the steps. Her mother sees the photo shoot.

The girl proceeds as her parents say nothing.

The girl proceeds as her parents say nothing. Notice the joyous expression on the young woman’s face.

 

The girl crosses directly in front of the woman taking the photo. She doesn't say, "Excuse me," or even acknowledge their presence. Her parents continue to say nothing.

The girl crosses directly in front of the woman taking the photo. She doesn’t say, “Excuse me,” or even acknowledge their presence. Her parents continue to say nothing. Note the woman’s smile has evaporated. That is young African American woman for “Oh no she didn’t.” She didn’t call out the intruding family’s rudeness, but I did, huh?

Did you guess the preceding sequence from the first shot? Did the one photo tell the story? I’m doubtful or that it’s even possible.

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