Can a photo enable us to accurately ‘pin’ an expression?
Isabella is Nancy’s grand-daughter and Georgia’s twin sister. The twins are intelligent and highly successful students – and [mostly] a delight. And, otherwise, so different. At seventeen they were both in their last year of high school. This year they’re at university. They’ve gone their separate ways with Georgia at Otago and Izzie staying in Christchurch to go to Canterbury.
I’ve always thought this was a lovely image of Izzie. She is pretty, but she’s also quite shy and struggles with relaxing in front of a camera. I can’t quite put a finger on how to describe her expression – is she tentative, impatient, nervous, bored, annoyed, relaxed? Or does it not matter? Or perhaps we both simply got lucky with me pressing the shutter at the exact 1/125th of a second when her facial expression passed over a ‘lovely’ thought? Or perhaps she’d just considered how much she’d like to stick a chopstick up my nostril? Who knows? I’m inclined to think that the less obvious emotions are easy to misdiagnose, especially when crammed into that 1/125th of a second.