My portrait with Dolly (for Brenda)

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© Lise Utne
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You cornered me, Brenda... so here I am. Thanks for making me think! Dolly used to be my mother's. My grandfather brought her back from Germany, where he served after WWII. She had to undergo corrective plastic surgery after he sat on her. It was my fault: I had put her in an armchair. My grandmother and I took her to the clinic. I remember it as a very long walk. When she came back home her hair was a lot longer, but it was only a few years later that she took to wearing it loose, with the hippie-style sweater I made for her. This was after the trauma of repeated brain surgery: her eyes came out of their sockets, and could only be put back in place by means of entering through the top of her head. In the old photo she is blissfully unaware of all the trouble awaiting her, and of having avoided catching whatever sickness it was I was recovering from at the time.

8 responses

  • Brenda Burk

    Brenda Burk gave props (25 Jan 2009):

    Ecellent shot-and cool idea

  • Simon Kossoff

    Simon Kossoff (Deleted) gave props (25 Jan 2009):

    Excellent shot and all the more powerful with your great text.. You have some terrific books too, by the way..

  • francesco scipioni

    francesco scipioni gave props (25 Jan 2009):

    beautiful story

  • John Linton

    John Linton said (25 Jan 2009):

    "Wild thing...you make my heart sing...
    You make everything
    Groovy
    I said wild thing..."

  • Jim Hart

    Jim Hart gave props (25 Jan 2009):

    what a great little sub-theme you and brenda have created here -- amazing photo and story!

  • Lise Utne

    Lise Utne   said (26 Jan 2009):

    Thank you folks, for the faves; and thank you to the above for your generous comments! Simon, I cherish my collection of photo books, and wanted to put some of my favourites among them in the photo as a way of bringing it up to date. John, thanks for the singing Hendrix to me! Jim, maybe you should be next? Francesco, Brenda -- thanks again!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (5 Jun 2009):

    OMG, Lise - This needs to be in a theme - "books"/"growing up" - I don't know, but it is a very wonderful photo essay!

  • Lise Utne

    Lise Utne   said (13 Aug 2009):

    Thanks, Maura!

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