I have photos that have been passed down to me, photos that have been generously shared with me, photos from newspaper articles, and discovered on the internet. I even have a mugshot from Leavenworth federal prison. But as I was walking through my bedroom the other day, I noticed one of my favorite trio of images of my children. They are silhouettes that were cut one summer day in August at the Amish Acres Craft Festival in Nappanee, Indiana.
|My oldest son Scott was shirtless on that hot summer day. His cowlick visible|
|My daughter Wendy wearing her hair in the braids she wore most days|
|Paul, my youngest|
The silhouettes were done with my children standing sideways in front of the artist as she stared at them for a few moments, then looked down at the paper as she cut. No light projecting their shadow onto the paper, just the practiced eye and skill of the artist. She caught their image perfectly. . . for only $3 each.
For a number of years, I was a vendor at this and other craft shows in the region, but my children loved Amish Acres. They would help me carry and set up my booth, and then spend hours at the festival when it started . . . occasionally helping me in my booth. They checked out all the other craft booths, reporting on their favorites, they played in the pond, joined the audience for the folk singers or puppet shows, but at closing time they would head over to the homemade ice cream booth for a free cup of ice cream as they cleaned up.
Do you have silhouettes or alternatives to photos in among your family images? Perhaps an watercolor portrait, or a caricature drawn by a sidewalk artist on vacation?