Sunday, August 2, 2015

Lilly, Donald and Sheila

Donald and Sheila lived two streets from Elizabeth Park for 54 years.  Donald is in his eighties and has never lived more than two miles from the park.


Their daughter Lilly is heavily tattooed.  She has a tattoo of her father on her right bicep ("It makes me happy to know that I always have my father with me") and a tattoo of orchids on her left bicep ("because my mother used to raise orchids").




20 comments:

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Makes sense to me Jack :) Wonderful family dynamic here, captured so well by your portrait lens.

Luis Gomez said...

These are great! As always Jack.

Michelle said...

She sounds very lovely and is quite colorful!

Sylvia K said...

So many wonderful and interesting people in your world, Jack, and you do capture them SO well!! Thanks as always for sharing!! Hope you have a great new week!! Enjoy!

RedPat said...

I bet they are an interesting family, Jack!

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Lovely, lively portraits, Jack. How fashions change in a generation!

Sharon Anck said...

Fantastic family portraits today!

Taken For Granted said...

Interesting that we both featured tattooed people today. Don't think I've ever done that on my blog before.

jennyfreckles said...

Well, I loved my dad but I would never have wanted his face on my arm

VP said...

Fine portraits, but I'll take the Fifth about Lilly's tattoos....

Birdman said...

Help! I need to unravel the mystery and the yearning for tats.

Kate said...

Dad and daughter look very happy together. Family portraits? I think I prefer them in albums.

Bob Crowe said...

I don't like tattoos to begin with. My children have several so I'm more or less used to them but this one creeps me out. This is a street portrait in the tradition of Diane Arbus.

EG CameraGirl said...

I think this is the first time I've seen a dad's portrait tattooed on his daughter's arm. They must be very close.

Kat Reynolds said...

First of all, her tattoos are for her and not for anyone else so these comments that are pertaining to a like or dislike for them are unneeded and absurd. Second, this is a photography blog that has captured an exceptional woman and her family who loves her and her tattoos. She has decided to show her love for her family through the art of tattooing, which IMO, is one the highest forms of appreciation of a person. Beautiful portraits of an amazing family.

Kate said...

Kat, I appreciate your admiration for the woman in the photo and her right to tattoo her body as she wishes, but your remark about the posted comments as being " unneeded and absurd" is equally absurd in my estimation. No one criticized her but instead made remarks about feelings re. tattoos. Our blogs are posted so that we can comment on the technique or the subject matter and we have a right to comment as we choose as long as the tone is respectful. I don't wish to get into a "Kat fight" with you :), but I felt that my comments were needed to be said.

Jack said...

Kat, Kate and anyone else who wants to read this.

Lilly and her parents seemed like wonderful, happy people. They were gathering in Elizabeth Park for a rehearsal before the next day's wedding of Lilly's younger brother. With a sleeveless dress showing off the tattoos and a shaved head, my guess is that Lilly attracts a lot of looks and sometimes verbal reactions, and I suspect that she has made those choices in expectation and perhaps in anticipation of getting those reactions. Any heavily tattooed person knows that they are not for everyone, and as someone who liked the family and thought Lilly's tattoos were interesting enough to show here, I thought there might be some unfavorable comments. (BTW, I am tat-less.) If anyone crossed the line, I would have deleted them. My feeling is that any comments here so far that expressed a dislike of tattoos or that questioned Lilly's choice of subject matter were respectful and inbounds, so they stay here. And, I think that Kat and Kate have both expressed their views appropriately, so they stay here, too.

Personally, I am a free speech guy, but I think courtesy is important and it is my blog. I hold the eraser. Both Kat and Kate have been courteous despite their differences in opinion and how strongly they have expressed them. Isn't it fun to have an actual debate, not just "nice pic"?

William Kendall said...

Good portraits of these three, Jack.

Stefan Jansson said...

That is a great tattoo. Everyone has a tattoo or two these days, I will always stop interesting people with tattoos and ask them for a portrait, it is always fun to hear what the tattoo means to them.

Kay said...

You certainly have a knack for finding interesting people, Jack. It's a different medium, but I'm impressed that the tat artist was able to capture such a good likeness of Donald.