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FORSAKEN AM I

Every picture has a story behind it as does this 1949 photograph of the artist’s  daughter. Indeed, as Watson prepared to photograph his youngest child in his Buffalo home studio, she began to play with a cracked light bulb, running around the room and tossing it into the air. Refusing to give up her new toy, Watson eventually took it from her grasp, resulting in the toddler looking up at her father in utter despair.

Initially filing the photo away, it was not until Watson heard the 1961 Peggy Lee song, Oh Love Hast Thou Forsaken Me that he decided to give the image a similar title and submit it for exhibition. The image, however, received mixed reviews as many thought the photograph resulted from the photographer’s harshness towards his child, a criticism that was totally unfounded.

And how do I know? I was the child in the photograph, and my older sister, who was also present, never tired of telling me how badly I behaved that day.