Universal Stories

maryanne gobble photography

You know when I became more specific about my photo style I was worried it would alienate a lot of people from my work.  That it would become too unrelateable to the general public.  For deep down inside I thought I was too unrelateable.

Well I was in the middle of dinner one night surrounded by a half dozen 20-something Asian men who were visiting America for a stint.  We were all enjoying asking about each other, the customs, the food, the culture differences.  The broken translations and laughs being half the fun.  Until someone asked about my photos and my husband pulls them around a computer to have a looksy at my website.

I froze.  I mean what if there is a culture diffrence that makes the images utterly offensive.  Some of my work can be fleshy and raw, I'm a decade older than them, and a married woman, with children.  I just stood there petrified by all the perceived differences shouting in my head.  They crowded around the screen and I slinked off to a corner.

"Ohhh" murmured someone
"Very nice" said another kindly.
Oh they are just being polite I thought.  Kill me now.

Then one young man turned to me smiling as he searched for words.  He leveled his eyes to mine, his countenance softly glowing, and in broken English said" sometimes in the early morning, I like to listen to the birds sing"

Bam.  And my heart exploded.

The filmmaker Mira Nair once said  "The more specific you get with your story, the more universal it becomes."

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