I found this fairly serendipitously after posting Wednesday’s photos. Once yearly self-portraits aren’t anything new, but this rather unusual series turned up on the gallery blog The Year in Pictures. The series was discovered in the Netherlands, published in a book called “Almost Every Picture #7″, and I couldn’t pass it up. Beginning in 1936, then 16-year-old Ria van Dijk began frequenting fair booth shooting galleries – the type that snaps your photo every time you hit the target. The series includes a photo of Ria in firing pose from nearly every year of her life (with a rather ominous pause between 1939 and 1945). Now age 88, she is still hitting those targets.
I love how each snapshot tells such a story, from the crowd of onlookers to the photo medium itself.
1936 – Oh the hair!
1938 – Oh the glasses!
1949 – Haunted eyes.
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