Story of a Photograph

Girls July 4

Photos: J. Enright

From left to right—Marissa DeWees, Teri Hunkin, Connie Payne, Regina Meredith. 4th of July, 1999, my back yard in Leone, Tutuila, American Samoa. The only retail outlet in the territory with department-store pretensions had just gone out of business. For sale at next to nothing had been a rack of left-over prom dresses, all in sizes too small for Samoan high school grads. To the ladies this said party time. They also bought elastic-band black bowties for all their men. It was a great party. Give beautiful women an event to dress up for, then step back and feel their power to transform the quotidian into the transcendent.

July 4 1999 Connie in doorway

Connie Payne


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