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My husband asks why I do not
Take more photos with people in them
I do not reply aloud
Within my mind I reply,
"because I cannot be like Dorothea Lange".
More fashionable the
Audacity of Leibovitz and Arbus
For me the epitome of feeling joined with style
Is Dorothea Lange
She captured all of it.
Lately, studying her images,
To simply idolize her
To realize the distance between
My talent and hers does
No homage to her memory
She would want me to
Take the photos I see
She does not stand by,
ruler in hand, waiting. to rap my knuckles if
I do not measure up to her vision, insight.
As deeply as she photographed
her subjects in all their starkness
so would she, I think, want me
to make my own art
to be me.
Click! I've captured you!
Perhaps unlike Dorothea, I
do not have your soul,
but I do have the best part
of your essence
that I can see.
Joan Leotta is an author, story performer, and photographer. Her writings, “Encouraging words through Pen and Performance” Giulia Goes to War, Letters from Korea, and A Bowl of Rice, are now available from Desert Breeze Publishing and Amazon. Cottonwood Grove is available from Cane Hollow Press and Amazon