14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Altered Images
Pretty In Pink

I shot this picture while on one of my earlier Englewood outings. I spotted this family sitting outside on the porch enjoying what was a very nice early summer’s afternoon. This family caught my eye. Something about them seemed gracious but unintentional. I approached with my camera and said "Could I take a picture of..." but before I even finished asking, a little girl about 5 years old taps me on my elbow. She says “my dress is pretty, I am pretty.” I say “Yes, you are pretty and your dress is very pretty.” She hops away and the women outside say it’s ok to take the picture. The family gathers on the porch, and I noticed that there were several generations represented in this one shot - from teenagers to grandmothers. But one stood out. This inquisitive little girl who was pretty and wanted me to know her dress was pretty. She is not even looking at the camera. She is looking at her dress. That’s Pretty in Pink.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Copyright: © Kenneth Johnson