Monday 1 June 2009
When I first saw this Kodak Instamatic shot I thought it was like a homemade, hometown, version of a Diane Arbus photograph. Taken about 1964 in someone's back garden. Obviously it is high summer because the young woman is serious about getting a tan. Yet, the towel over her head? I reckon you would only do this in your garden, never at the beach. There, you would use your sunhat. The bikini is definitely a new fashion for New Zealand. Who took this photo of the two sisters?
On Sunday 7 June at 1pm I will talk about Snapshots - The Vernacular in New Zealand Photography in the Gallery's Art Lounge.