What is your opinion of this photograph?
When looking at a photograph, especially an old one, have you ever had the feeling it was trying to tell you something?
This is a photograph of my grandmother (who died before I was born) taken in London, 1906 when she was nineteen years old.
I’ve spent a lot of time studying it and trying to decide what kind of woman she was. So what do her features say about her?
She has a strong chin which is supposed to indicate strength of character. Yet she seems wistful, almost sad. I feel she has the look of someone yearning to know what her future holds; a burning desire to hope her future will be better than her present.
With little know about her, I felt it was up to me to create a fictional account of her life. So I went ahead and wrote “The Chartreuse Dress”.