Meet my friend Sally, on the right, a historian of photography and a photographer herself. She has been a consistent help on this blog, providing background information, ideas for posts, and wonderful photos from her side career as a yard sale maven.
One of my very first blog posts, almost ten years ago, was about her Texas grandmother Cecile, known to the family as “Cis.” I admired her vacation style—a boldly printed dress, jaunty hat, and spectator shoes.
Growing up, Sally was always told that she looked exactly like Cis. In these photos we can see the similarities. Both have long thin faces, thin noses, and full lips. Sally is almost ten years older than her grandmother was here. Did Cis also eventually embrace her graying, curly hair?
While Cis wears a dress and Sally is in pants, there are similarities in their outfits. Both embrace prints with solids. Obviously the combination is reversed. Cis chose a print base garment and solid jacket. In contrast, Sally wears solid separates with a print jacket (which, by the way, I made.) One print is floral, while the other is geometric. Still, there is a shared sensibility here, a refusal to fade easily into the background with monochromatic tones.