The Long Way Home

Portrait Stories
November 10, 2011, 7:27 AM
Filed under: Vintage Photo Album | Tags: , , , ,


When Jeff and I go trash hunting, we automatically split off – he retreats to the basement for bargains or shop tools, and I sit on the floor among stacks of books, thumbing through old cookbooks, or, with a box of photographs in my lap, hoping to find that one creepy picture that the seller dismissed as junk. Some people think it’s weird that we own so many photos of people we don’t know,  but for me, the mystery is part of why I love them. I wonder about the history of the people in these portraits, and in organizing them to fit a theme, I’m reminded that my obsessions with collecting are in the details – a wild-eyed face-off with the camera, a delicate, swollen cheek or the faded writing on the back of a card, telling me her name.

margaret coleman




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More fascinating treasures, Lisa, made all the more interesting when viewed through your creative lens!

Comment by farmhouse stories

Here, here!

Comment by Photobooth Journal

thanks cait and katherine! i feel as if i’ll be spending the winter scanning these — rediscovering new treasures in my collection.

Comment by Lisa

Makes me want to get out my (small) cabinet card collection and have another virtual journey to these long past worlds. They transport me elsewhere the way a movie or good book can. Thanks for showing these. I look forward to seeing more!

Comment by Photobooth Journal

– and thank you for looking! I love tracing all the details in the shots.

Comment by Lisa

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