AZGeorge wrote in post #18088177
In my experience students at any good school come in all shapes and sizes so I have no clue on the number question.
The picture, though, is interesting in the connection and tension between the women far left and far right with the other two caught looking dazed and confused.
You missed the clue that the question used the plural. Good spot regarding the tension between the coeds on the left and the "hired help" on the right. It was this tension that led me to catch the interaction between these women. The body language, facial expressions, and positions of the subjects tell quite a story - at least to me they do.
chauncey wrote in post #18088246
I don't get the impression that the lady on the right is a Stanford coed, but the three on the left are definite airheads.
Good catch. Thanks for commenting Chauncey.
longbeachgary wrote in post #18088397
Racism, stereotyping and juxtaposition in one photo. Nice.
This picture seems to make many people (probably the "we" mentioned herein) very uncomfortable as it raises a direct affront to inculcated political correctness. It invades "safe spaces" by portraying reality. If you see racism in this photo then aren't you implying that the white women are somehow portrayed as superior or dominant? How so? It seems there is a conundrum - what establishes the superiority? The black woman clearly has more clothes. Is it a matter of weight? Are you suggesting that heaviness defines superiority? I would like to hear your rationale for seeing racism and stereotyping.
Thanks for commenting.
Bassat wrote in post #18088398
Ah-ah-ah. Not in the photo. Only in its interpretation ...
Exactly! PC in action. Thanks for commenting.
banquetbear wrote in post #18088818
...to answer the OP: nope. What is a Stanford coeds supposed to look like? We don't have coeds over here. Is a normal looking black woman not able to be a Stanford coed? Or are you talking about the 3 white women buying food at a counter? I just don't get it.
For critique: the lady on the right is overexposed. The ladies on the left are all at 3 different phases of an expression and none of them are particularly flattering. As for the title of the image: what does "girlfriends" mean? Is this part of a series? This was apparently taken at Stanford University. Doesn't that mean everyone in the shot is a Stanford coed? What juxtaposition are we supposed to be comparing? Black vs white? Shorts vs trousers? What was it about this particular scene that made you snap your shutter? What juxtaposition did you see?
Thanks for pointing out that the woman on the right is overexposed. She was in direct sunlight; whereas, the others were shaded by an awning on the roach-coach (food truck). I corrected it with a graduated filter from right to left and it looks much better.
This photo is indeed part of a Girlfriends series of candids. This scene was taken during a festival at Stanford. Food trucks were just setting up to serve the crowd. The 3 coeds were trying to buy something from the truck. The black woman was part of the catering crew. I couldn't hear what they were saying, but the conversation had some tension in it as evidenced by the facial expressions. There are several juxtapositions here: black/white, thin/fat, fashion, and class. Take your pick. For me, I think the class distinction is the stronger juxtaposition. Stanford is one of the most expensive schools in the country. Not a lot of poor go there for an education.
Thanks for your critique and comments.