Jerry and Mary

Black And White Photography, Photography

JerryMary (1 of 1)

Jerry (1 of 1)

Mary (1 of 1)I had a really nice conversation with Jerry and Mary the other day. We talked about a number of things including the hardships of the past when they both were forced into the residential school system – which is a dismal part of Canadian history. Mary also told me about her son, who died several years ago while trying to save another man who was drowning. A lighter point in the conversation came when I asked if they were married to which Mary shouted “Married! He’s my 2nd cousin!”. (M240 / 50f2 / iso2000)

24 thoughts on “Jerry and Mary

  1. Mike, I’m so glad that you added the lighthearted comment. The rough years are etched into the faces of Jerry and Mary. You really captured emotion and life and history


  2. Great story, Mike, with an unexpected ending that made me smile. Each photo is wonderful, but Jerry’s act of smoking conjures up the sound of his voice and the smell of his clothes and really makes that photo come alive for me. I’m in awe of your ability to interact with and capture great shots of perfect strangers!

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    1. Thank you Elina! After I asked the question and she replied, I could certainly see the resemblance – especially after I returned home and looked at the images again on the computer. I should have captured her expression after that question – was pretty funny 🙂

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    1. It is definitely part of the enjoyment for me, Louise! I know many street photographers / portraitists refuse to engage with the subjects for fear it’ll tarnish the purity of the photo – but for me, talking and getting some back story helps the image 🙂 Thank you for your kind words! 🙂

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  3. Great faces, perfect for black and white, or for someone like you who knows how to shoot black and white. But one thing bothers me; Mary’s remark “He’s my second cousin.” What’s wrong with that? I had a first cousin who, well, maybe I shouldn’t say. I’m not sure about any kind of statute of limitations.

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    1. Thank you Emilio! I appreciate the compliment!
      As for the 2nd cousin thing; in Canada it’s frowned upon to marry your 1st – 3rd cousins. After that, I think it’s considered “acceptable”. I certainly won’t judge those who do tie the knot!

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    1. Much appreciated, Joe! It was great to just talk – not even bringing the camera into the equation. After about 15 minutes in, I snapped a couple of photos, and they didn’t mind at all 🙂

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