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."