Duke’s Lilly Library is organizing a photo contest: they have chosen 40 historic photos from the university’s archives and classified them in 4 categories (social life, academics, athletics, and campus scenes.) Participants can choose one photo per category and they have to “use that photo as an inspiration for your new photographic creation.”
Sounds like fun, right? From the Campus Scenes group I chose this one, “Visiting with Washington Duke” (c. 1900.) So I asked my friends Laura and Sandie to help me recreate the photo, and this is what I came up with:
I asked two European friends to look “very European” for this photo. Thus, the scarfs and boots replace the hats the ladies in the original are wearing, and their coat and jacket replace the early-20thcentury dresses. Furthermore, while in the original the two ladies look serious and a bit uncomfortable, I wanted to show my friends’ joy due to a bright day at Duke.
One thing that I didn’t add but that I find particular interesting is the repeated diagonal lines in the image: Mr. Duke crossing his legs, Laura and Sandie holding hands, and the shadow of Sandie’s arm which guides the viewer’s attention to one of the key elements of the photo: Laura’s boots.
What do you think, friends? I’ll know the results on April 8th. Wish me luck!…