Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Sepia Scenes - Bayside Communion



Sepia Scenes, by Mary in the Whitestone section of NYC, offers us a subtle monochrome medley - to enhance any subject. 


Regular readers have seen my look at the past before. Happily, I have a nice B&W print from long ago that accepts a sepia edit.


The subject is firstborn big sister Michele. The year is 1962, the occasion is her First Communion at St. Kevin's church on 195th Street in Flushing. The setting here is in front of our apartment building at 203 -11 42nd Avenue in Bayside.


This road is tree lined with a center island up from Francis Lewis Boulevard. As urban landscapes go, it was as I remember at age 7, a bucolic and relaxed place to play and grow.


I guess this to be a nice day in May of that year. Michele is resplendent in her white Communion dress, and her smile is as bright as the mood on this fine day. The light antique seems perfect, a day to celebrate a milestone...

7 comments:

Patti said...

I love this post, Ralphie! Our Michele looks so sweet in her First Communion attire.

Carletta said...

I just love this picture! Her smile tells me she feels like a litle princess and she certainly looks like one. You look at that smile and smile right back.
The dappled shadows on the walkway made an excellent background.

Y. Ikeda said...

She has a lovely and big smile! Old photo really fits to sepia tones.
Thanks for sharing.
Yoshi

Michele said...

Look at the pointy shoes!!

maryt/theteach said...

Know the location of your shot well, Ralph. Michele looks so sweet in sepia...

Leora said...

Oh, this is precious. A wonderful treasure, a great smile.

Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA said...

I enjoyed the photo very much, and especially the text, as I grew up on Springfield Blvd. in Bayside, across from what is now Cardozo HS. Things change, don't they?