Early Pittsburgh Photography - Portrait of a Silent World
Mar 16, 2018 | By: Kukucka Photography
Early Pittsburgh Photography - Portrait of a Silent World -
I've been incredibly blessed to know a wide variety of people on my journey, and I have photographed many of them. It hasn't so much been a need to "capture" them as much as it is a desire to witness them for the short time our paths cross. I want so much to show the beauty of who we really are ... especially those who I am lucky enough to know personally.
Diane was a beloved friend who I knew many years ago. She was deaf, and because of my overwhelming desire to communicate with a soul so lovely, I learned as much sign language as I could in the year we knew each other. No matter how much I learned, or how comfortable and confident I eventually got with ASL, I could tell that Diane lived in a world that I would never really know, and one that she could never really describe to someone who didn't also live there. A silent world. Private. Lovely but lonely. And incredibly sacred.
One day I asked her if I could somehow photograph what it was like to be her, and she took me to her childhood home in Pittsburgh (one of the houses that was as thin and tall as a stick, plopped on the Southside hillside like a colorful toy). Five flights of stairs later we arrived in the narrow attic space where she spent so much time alone as a child in a speaking family that didn't know how to communicate with her.
Portrait of a Silent World. Thank you, Diane, for showing me what could not be heard. I told you then, as I tell you now, that I'll never forget you.