Noggie, Anne. Artifact. 1976. Gelatin Silver Print, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL. By Marcela Quiroz. "I and Artifact." 2017. JPEG.
One of my core values is that of personal growth, which I felt was perfectly illustrated in this photograph. I felt like you could see this woman's entire life through her hands. She grew up, she got married, she had a family, she got older, and she reflected. I felt young looking at this photograph, and like I really have my entire life ahead of me. I even felt touched and a little homesick for my mom and my grandma. These hands seemed as gentle as my mom's, who would brush my hair and cook for me, and they also seemed experienced, like my grandma's, who lived on a farm and through a war. All I could think about was the infiniteness of time, and it's contradictory abrupt nature. It makes me want to cherish each stage of my life and not rush through anything. This photograph told an entire story through some dentures and rings, but it was a story that I hold very close to my heart.
Art and the Good Life