Praise for the value of Post-Gazette's Wilkinsburg prom photo
June 20, 2014 12:00 AM
Iesha Stover, 19, leaves her house in Wilkinsburg on May 29 with her mother, Tracey Alcantara, stepfather, Lee Epps, brother, Luke Stover, 20, and Leelee, the family dog, in tow for her senior prom. Iesha, who works part-time at Salvatore's Pizza House, saved the $358 she needed to purchase her prom dress. Her mother said she was excited to see Iesha go to prom because she never had the chance to. "I had two children by the time my senior prom came up. I was a young mother and I wanted more for my daughters," she said.
The Post-Gazette’s piece on Wilkinsburg High School (“Hope Amid Turmoil,” June 13) had a photograph taken by Julia Rendleman that restored some of my faith in humanity. The image is of a young girl leaving for her prom with family in tow. In days like these when the Chicago Sun-Times lays off all its photographers, it’s good to see some companies understand that photography still has its place in modern media, and that it’s still worth its price.
The shot works on many levels, the least of which is to remind us that even the mundane photographed on an overcast day in a seemingly rundown suburb has a value we don’t immediately realize. I studied the photo for a good 10 minutes without tiring, and although that may mark me as an anomaly among my twitchy Gen X brethren, Ms. Rendleman’s work only goes to show that the everyday is something that shouldn’t be taken for granted. This is one of the main tenets of photography, and I thank her and the Post-Gazette et al. for reminding me.
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