The child being La Shawndrea and the mother being Tiny. Although not immediately eminent in the photograph that Tiny was crying then, her mood was depicted in the clarity of the shot.
Wanting to find out more about Tiny, a quick search on Streetwise revealed that in the Spring of 1983 “Tiny is a fourteen-year-old girl, malnourished, an accomplished prostitute with a lengthy record of occupational diseases; her alcoholic mother says that Tinys prostitution is "just a phase." Tiny’s real name is Erin Charles and as of 2006, she already bore nine children.
I think in the photograph, Tiny was lost in her thoughts or seriously reflecting on the events of her life. There was not much details on attached on the photograph except that it was taken by Mary Ellen Mark in Seattle, Washington, in 1999. So I surmise, the reflective details of my “before readings” were basically true. The only statement definitely incorrect was the identity of the photographer, who was originally though of to be “possibly be a member of the family – the father, or brother, or even a sister”. As it turned out, Mary Ellen who had been in close contact with Tiny since taking her photographs in 1983, continue to make Tiny the subject of her contemporary photos .
The “before readings” essay was totally out of context. Who would have known that those guys were indicted for violation of civil rights of three murdered civil-rights volunteers? They do not appear any more remorse for what is forthcoming or what has been done. The photograph does not clearly show that these men are in court, attending their trial.
I believe this photograph is a clear example of possibly deceiving the viewers without the appropriate content. If I had made appropriate reflection on what these guys were doing “before readings” – I could have reflected more that I knew what this photograph was all about.
It seems to be totally strange that these guys were basically sneering and all in happy