Two Women, One Guy, and a Model A

Personal possessions are common subjects for snapshots. Often, that means houses and cars—cars like this Model A. Despite this fact, our eye is drawn more immediately to the two women and the young man.

The woman with the glasses, whose hand the man holds, is most likely his girlfriend or young wife. The woman on the right, with her left hand on her hip, is undefined as to her connection to the other two. Is she the other woman’s sister? Is she the young man’s sister? And at what are the two women looking?

The possibilities are rich. A writer could write a novel about what brought the three young people together to stand front of the car. And what shall follow?

Painters have used photographs as sketches and as ideas; novelists have done the same. We, the viewers of this snapshot, may ask our own questions.

Eastern Illustrating Collection