Monday, February 22, 2021

Yeah, some of us get a bit reactive to this bullshit

 Here is my reaction:

Because no white people have ever endured any hardship whatsoever in this nation.

Her gravestone reads "FLORENCE LEONA THOMPSON Migrant Mother – A Legend of the Strength of American Motherhood."


ampersand said...

According to Wiki the photographer Dorothea Lange lied about the family selling their tires to eat, lied to the woman about never publishing the photos and didn't even bother getting her name. Journalist standards haven't changed in the intervening 90 years.

Sixty Grit said...

Both women led tough lives, although in different ways, and it is almost as if Lange was fated to be there that day to take that picture. I can't think of any other explanation for why she ended up in the pea pickers camp and was prepared as she was to take what has become an iconic image of the depression.

Amartel said...

Wiki is a trustworthy source? Okay, maybe. But maybe not. Either way, that woman lived a hard, hard life. It's plain to see on her face and I don't need journolalista to add any details, embellished or not.

Sixty Grit said...

I watched a documentary on Dorothea Lange and she told the story of that particular photo session. Ms. Lange took a lifetime's worth of pictures and many of them are memorable. None of them achieved the fame that this one picture did. I don't care how many pictures you take if you produce an image like this then you have truly achieved something great.

Ms. Lange had polio when she was young, was somewhat marginalized in the community where she grew up, had a bohemian lifestyle that was not conducive to creating a solid home life for anyone involved, but she stuck with her work. She knew from when she was very young what she wanted to do and pursued that career to the exclusion of all else.

Did she screw up the story? No doubt. She took notes along the way, but it's easy to confuse and conflate stories, especially when all of them are hard luck stories.

Ms. Thompson worked hard her whole life. She had 10 children. Yet she managed to keep body and soul together through times that would crush a weaker person. Remember, this was before the days of relief or welfare and you pretty much had to make do with what you had. She lived to be 80 years old. That alone is amazing, at least to me. Very impressive woman, not easily daunted.

The documentary on Dorothea Lange is interesting, I enjoyed it, but it is not light weight fare. She went to places and looked at and photographed things that many of us would turn away from. She documented it. She too, was tough.

edutcher said...

No fan of The Searchers I, but take a look at the sequences of the Duke's sister-in-law.

Take a look at what they faced as the Comanches closed in (Lillian Gish had a similar part in the Unforgiven (50s movie)) which has a terrific Indian fight at the end*.

Texas was heaven for men and dogs, they said, but Hell on women and horses. The same could be said for every state from MA to OR.

PS And the men had it tougher. The women leaned on them. The guys had to do it themselves

*Almost worth having to watch that lousy Red, Burt Lancaster.

ndspinelli said...

Perfection in photography.