Résumés – images of women
Girlfriends, cousins, neighbours, in a row from left to right, the youngest left, the eldest right, pupils, baker, nurse, small town sky, Ruhr District spring, garage wall and green lawn with laundry poles. The young one, the older one; the age difference can be noticed in many ways. In their gazes, in the way they stand in front of the camera. Holding hands, posing hands. Smiling. A cheek bone pink and cold fingers.
Linking arms, a women’s gesture, protecting from other gazes, to get dressed anyway and show togetherness. We, you, I, a row of skirts, a continual series, in countless family photographs, in black and white and later in colour.
The Ruhr District sky and the coolness of spring counteract. Lead the coloured pleated skirts, the blouses and pullovers, the narrow women’s watches into the tristesse of daily life. Into misunderstandings, into not-being-able-to-understand, even though one is similar.
The environment will separate. Either one stays or leaves. Go separate ways, go the same way, stay in one’s hometown, move to another town, visit mothers, forget the friends of one’s youth, never have others, want to become like the others, want to become who one is.
And still stand in a row, smiling into the camera, arms linked and think that this will be a fragile day, a days in spring, in one’s hometown, with the others in the photograph and memories of coolness on cheek bones.