Friday, August 10, 2012

The story behind a photo

Happy Friday everyone! I'm spending the weekend in Boston for my dear friend Melissa's birthday/ going away party- she's moving to Armenia for a year!  So in honor of that, I thought I'd repost this post I did last year for Anonymous Was A Women's "My Favorite Photo" series.  Have a great weekend!





















































Here is the story behind this ridiculous photograph.  In 2005, I was visiting my very dear friends (photographers themselves, they shot my wedding) in Northampton, Massachusetts.  It was a year after I'd graduated from the University of Massachusetts and a year since I'd moved away from living in the same town as Fred and Melissa.  I was there for a weekend visit and brought my now husband, but then just-started-dating-boyfriend, Alex.  They were meeting him for the first time, and I was kind of nervous about it. I really wanted them to hit it off.

In the lobby of their building, someone had left a big box of clothes for the taking.  Without speaking really, Fred, Melissa and I came down from their apartment, saw this box in the lobby and immediately started trying on clothes and vamping.  Because that's what you do when you find a box like this!  At least that's what you do when you're with Fred and Melissa.  Alex took the picture on a little disposable that I had brought with me and the rest is history.  In case you can't see this crappy photo scan too clearly, I am wearing a fur coat, Fred is wearing some sort of hippie skirt, and Melissa has on goggles and is holding a boom box, somehow managing to look like a super hero.

This photo always makes my heart swell with love for these friends and makes me realize what a good and hilarious time we always have together.  We can have a party with just the three of us, every time that we meet.  Give us a box of junk and suddenly we're ten years old again and playing dress up.  Even though I didn't meet Fred and Melissa until the end of my senior year in college, they're the kind of friends that I feel like I've known my entire life.  Luckily Alex fit right in that weekend, making that awesome threesome grow to four.  I love how he is the one taking the picture and I can still hear him laughing behind the camera every time I look at this photo.

PS- I got a really good pair of jeans that I still wear today out of that pile!

PPS- I'm not sure if Sarah is doing this series anymore, but it's really fun, and a great way to find inspiration for a blog post.  You can submit yours to favorite.photograph@gmail.com. Let me know if you do your own in the comments!

4 comments:

  1. This is fantastic. And I'm pretty sure my mom had that same exact skirt... and I wore it as part of my halloween costume when I was a gypsy in 6th grade.

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  2. Being spontaneous and silly with friends is one of the things that makes life so great. Having a camera handy really seals the deal. I love it.

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