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The Daily Photoist: July 14, 2008

Every weekday morning, bright and early, we feature a photo (or two) from a photographer in the Torontoist Flickr Pool. It’s our way of giving the many excellent photographers in our pool the attention that they deserve.

She told me to ask her mom

BY TAYLOR ZHOU
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  • rocketeer

    speaking of the dude who married Sarah Polley…
    I’m not the only one who sees it, right?

  • atomeyes99

    ^ i thought that was the point of the picture. thought it WAS sarah polley.
    since it isn’t, i kind of am confused why this is worthy of a daily photoist photo.
    its…a picture of a girl.
    like, go to myspace or facebook to see the same sort of photo (but usually with the ubiquitous red cup in the background)

  • David Topping

    I chose it because it’s an interesting, funny, awkward, well-composed, nice-looking photo. The description on the photo’s Flickr page, which adds a bit of context—the guy in the background is the girl’s dad, and her mom had to grant the photographer permission to take the shot—makes it even better. I like that it’s a little bit uncomfortable.
    If I wanted to really force the issue, I also like how unnatural and forced the girl’s pose and expression seem—something you don’t often see in posed portraits—and I like how that lends itself to thinking about the way photography and photographers influence a scene rather than just capture it. There’s a whole lot more to that: Laura Mulvey’s feminist critique of film, for instance, sees film as male-dominated, always focusing on the female as the object of the shot and the male gaze as controlling the scene…but here’s a girl who is very uncomfortable being the object of the shot.
    Anyway, I liked it right away.

  • Gloria

    Kinda weird that a photo has to be judged for its star value to be interesting.
    I enjoy the fact the subject is so unremarkable (“some girl”) that you need to think more about the photo to glean a story and the reason you should be looking at it.
    If this was another photo of a sunset or city skyline, a lot of people would marvel at how pretty and picturesque it is, and move on. A lot of those kind of photos, I think, are way more forgettable.

  • Jill Murray

    I can see a lot of things going on in this photo. Crop out dad, and it could be a cover illustration for a YA novel.

  • David Toronto

    The air of “little girl awkwardness” is so unlike
    Ms Polley.

  • PickleToes

    This is Sarah Polley. She’s looking a little glum because she just figured out that the word “Democratic” doesn’t really have any place in the name of a party like the NDP.