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Cindy B.

Posted by
Phil Morris (Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada) on 5 January 2017 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

I may as well write this down so I do not forget more than I already have. Cindy was quite a
pleasant enough girl, somewhat older than I was from work. I worked at Associated-Kellogg Ltd.,
which was an engineering firm in Toronto. My sister had procured me the job there in about
late 1981 or so and my sister was working as a specialized draftsman. Cindy was a co-worker,
although she worked further down on the floor, probably as an engineers secretary.

She wanted her picture done and though she joked with us sometimes, I would not know her
if she passed me on the street. She seemed plain enough and no one would probably look at
her if she passed by. We made plans to photograph her and as I turned her head so that I
could see her features, the first thing I noticed was that she had a lazy eye, so I said I
would bring some false eyelashes so that it might raise the lid. That was on a Wednesday
and Friday she stopped by our workstation and mentioned that she had gotten sacked.
I said we could forget the session Saturday if she wanted but she decided to go ahead with
the planned photos. Well the eyelashes seemed to work just as I had hoped. Though she was
upset about her job, we ended up getting some good pics in her nice highrise apt. Somehow
she had turned from a plain girl to a glamourized star as if magic occured just for that day.

That was in 1982 and by mid 82 we all got our notices, as the Toronto firm was closing and
moving to Calgary. I stayed on from then to mid 1983 as two of us were packing all of the
architectural drawings to ship to Calgary. From there the only place for me to go was NYC.

Black and white photo, hand coloured using Dr. Martin's Chromographic Watercolours. Just
a drop and an airbrush and you were ready to go.

franz from Baden, Austria

what a magical transformation, and what a rather sad story to go with it!

5 Jan 2017 10:02am

Devi from Chennai, India

A wonderful transformation !! Hope she got a good job soon !!
Hmmm...may be I should have my portrait done by you :)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

5 Jan 2017 11:24am

Frances from Boston, United States

A sad story Phil, but what a fabulous image of this lady. You are in a class of your own. Just Magnificent. 5*****

5 Jan 2017 11:51am

wcamille (Wallace) from Burlington, Canada

An amazing portrait!! The green in her eyes is really brought out with the rest of the greens in the picture. Well done!!

5 Jan 2017 12:59pm

STEED from D, France

Our richness is all these little and singular stories around our present or passed pictures ...And I just imagine the Pleasure She had to do this and take,by this way,a form of revenge on the Life .....A Superb Glamourized work,as usual,Phil' ...Well done ....

5 Jan 2017 3:08pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I like the feeling of mystery with her behind the plant. You have brought her to life with your colors. I love how you see the beauty within and bring it out in your photo work. Love you, friend

5 Jan 2017 3:16pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Your instincts and abilities made for a wonderful transformation and portrait. I love the green on green theme, and especially the anecdotal context, which always enriches your images even more.

5 Jan 2017 6:21pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

You did a wonderful job for her and she put on a brave face given having been fired the day before. The plant gives this image a bit of an exotic feel.

5 Jan 2017 6:24pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A beautiful, charismatic smile that she has flashed for you!! One wouldn't think she just got her pink slip. A great capture with excellent coloring!

5 Jan 2017 8:53pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

I lovely story to go with the lovely shot.

6 Jan 2017 3:05am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

superbe ce vert

6 Jan 2017 2:18pm

Wayra from Roma, Italy

Impressive portrait. Happy 2017!

13 Jan 2017 8:12am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

One more chapter of your life as a photographer. Interesting story and a beautiful woman. You have transformed the photograph in a wonderful way ... Joy of living! Hugs to you dear friend!

13 Jan 2017 5:04pm