Every once in a while I will purchase an image that doesn’t quite fit into my collection. I have learned to trust my instincts and know that there is something to appreciate, even if I am not consciously aware of it at the time.
A photograph like this conveys a surprising amount of charming detail. The clothes are form-fitting enough to emphasize the girl’s form, the face in profile shows her youthful button nose and her well-groomed ponytail and the starfish adds a bit of geometric interest to the composition. All this is contrasted by the rich color and texture of the background and her contemplative attitude offers a sense of her inner world as well.
This image was taken from a postcard advertising North Myrtle Beach in South Carolina.