Date: Sun, 28 Jan 1996 12:33:45 -0500

From: Donna Metcalf Ddonna[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM

Subject: Re: pictures taken/pictures made

From two of my favorite stories. Southern writers, both.

Truman Capote (Alabama) in "A Christmas Memory" says of the people who

receive their fruitcakes, "Or the young Wistons, A California couple whose

car one afternoon broke down outside the house and who spent a pleasant hour

chatting with us on the porch (young Mr. Wiston snapped our picture, the only

one we've ever had taken),"

And Zora Neale Hurston (Florida) in "Their Eyes Were Watching God" explains

how Janie's grandmother learned that she herself was black: "Ah didn't know

Ah wuzn't white till Ah was round six years old. Wouldn't have found it out

then, but a man come long takin' pictures and without askin' anybody, Shelby,

dat was de oldest boy, he told him to take us...So when we looked at de

picture and everybody got pointed out there wasn't nobody left except a real

dark little girl with long hair standing by Eleanor. Dat's where Ah wuz

s'posed to be, but Ah couldn't recognize dat dark chile as me."

Donna Metcalf