As I came around the switchback there sat Doris, looking exactly the way you see her in this image. She was at peace. She was sitting on a lone bench in this huge forest among the fall foliage all by herself, legs crossed and holding a purse. It was too dramatic for me not to take her picture.
So, I raised my camera, walked closer, made eye contact and smiled.
“Hello. May I take your picture?”
Doris, who didn’t smile, simply said “Sure.” I took two images. We began talking a bit.
“Doris” is an image of a woman from Medford, MA who was on vacation with her daughter visiting the Von Trapp lodge, nestled in the mountains of Vermont. Doris, as a young girl, was a fan of the Von Trapps in the “Sound of Music” and wanted to someday visit the lodge where the Von Trapps settled after fleeing Nazi Germany. At 79 years of age, her dream came true, and so Doris and her daughter drove from Massachusetts to spend their time here. This image was taken with a Mamiya 645 Pro camera with Kodak 400 Portra 120mm film.