1975 Korczak Playlot Park
At the time that these photos were taken I lived within walking distance of Korczak Park in Chicago. Young people and senior citizens were enjoying the sunshine at the park located on the corner of Granville and Claremont Avenue in 1975. The park is located in the West Ridge neighborhood near Western and Devon Streets. The senior citizens were kibbitzing on the bench and allowed me to photograph their interaction. The man with the hat removed it to reveal a yarmulke which is a skull cap worn by Orthodox Jewish men. My process has always been the same. Be nice, smile and ask if I can take their photo. In all of my years of photographing people I can count on one hand as to how many people say, no. That includes over 1,000 weddings and corporate events as well. I attribute the ease in which I approach people to my Mother, Georgia Alexander's ability to talk to anyone, including complete strangers. A short conversation about what you share in common leads to trust and getting an honest expression from the subject. How do I feel about my photos? There is a sentimentality that I feel when I look at photos taken decades ago. I remember how the light felt, the temperature, the sweetness of a smile and the the decisive moment where the camera sought to imprint the image forever and for future generations to gaze upon. Yes, it makes me happy!
© Diane Alexander White PHOTOGRAPHY