27 August 2007

SO YOU WANT TO MEET ESTHER!

MEET ESTHER TODAY:


Yesterday, I spent a few hours by myself with Esther.
I needed to confirm some of the names in panel 2.


Interestingly I had come across a book with found photos from Auschwitz. In the book there was a chapter on a family who had the same surname as Esther and who lived one town away. I wanted to check to see if Esther recognised anyone. Unfortunately she didn’t.







As she put it, she was only very young and to recognize people was difficult as they all had shaved heads.



Ingrid had never photographed a Holocaust Survivors tattooed arm before.
Esther is not at all shy to show it to people – in fact, there are many times that she makes a point of it.


We spoke for about an hour or two before Ingrid arrived to take some photo's.

Then we could not stop laughing about the past – times when I was a little girl and spending many many an afternoon at their home.

Poor Ingrid, she just could not get a straight face out of us.



Every time Esther and I looked at each other we would simply crack up laughing.

And laughing...

Isn't Esther magnificent.
Esther, a true hero in my eyes!!! I so love this woman.

34 comments:

lindaharre said...

What a wonderful connection! Looks like there were no awkward moments! Everyone has a story and I am so glad you are sharing these with us:D You amaze me!!!!!!! hugs, L.

Tejae said...

These images are just wonderful. :) so much joy. :)

Ro Bruhn said...

What a fabulous smile Esther has, her whole face lights up
Ro
xo

nina said...

these are beautiful, beautiful photographs of two very gorgeous women who clearly adore one another. the one of the numbers is even, in a haunting way, beautiful. please commend your photographer friend for me, and give esther an enormous hug for me. and judy. last night i was watching a film about the japanese victims of the atomic bomb. horrifying, the effects it has on them then, and on up til now. and to think that the world now has the equivalent, the film says, of 400,000 bombs that fell on hiroshima. what is wrong with this world, that allows such atrocities as the ones you are describing, and what i saw on this film? we are all HUMAN, all the same, equal, beautiful people. i do not understand. what you are sharing with the world, in your artwork and stories, is very powerful and needs to be shared. i'd like to meet your family, and esther, when i come to sydney next may. i hope that is possible. i want to ask their forgiveness that such horrible, horrendous things were allowed to happen to them, by other fellow human beings.
i love you with all of my heart, judy. xo

craftyhala said...

What fun to see the two of you together...and having such a great time. It's great!

Judy Wise said...

Your beautiful, laughing faces say it all. The strength of love, the goodness that is possible in a world that is not always good. Love is more fulfilling than hate; both are powerful emotions and we must each be aware of our ability to do both and then to choose our actions with care. Once again, I commend the work you do in the world.

Cindy Dean said...

What great photos. These really are wonderful and I am sure in the future...or even now...will be looked at with much fondess and wonderful memories.

P.S. Thanks for the extra mojo! It worked!

Karen Owen said...

I was struck by Esther's beauty in the earlier photos, and she's still beautiful! What a bright and sunny smile she has.

Karen

Leslie said...

Wow! Esther was beautiful before, and she's still beautiful. Such a strong and happy woman - even after all she's been through. Your bond to her is so clear in the photographs.

azirca said...

What gorgeous photos Judy, thanks for sharing them with us.

Sharon Manning said...

Straight faces would not have shown the love and respect you two share for each other. Ingrid captured your relationship beautifully.
Sharon
xxx

Elaine Kerr said...

yes, magnificent...you are both magnificent

Dorian Fletcher said...

What wonderful photographs! Your relationship definitely shines through. Man can be so cruel - yet the human spirit is an amazing, enduring thing - so vividly seen in Esther's eyes and in her smile.

ArtsyMama said...

Fabulous! Love these pictures and the post. What a story!!
Kari

Jen Crossley said...

What wonderful photographs of you and Esther it is so obvious you have a strong connection to one another
Jen

kathywas said...

Oh, what a lovely post! Sometimes life's happiest moments are best said with pictures.

Julie H said...

I am at work with misty eyes. Yes, Esther is beautiful - and so is this photo series, I especially love the last one of the two of you. Your artist hands young and with more to do, Esthers showiwing her journey...

Janine said...

What absolutely wonderful photos! You can definitely see the amazing connection between the two of you!

Steph said...

Nice to meet you Esther and thank you Judy to introduce us to this wondeful amazing woman !

annie lockhart said...

judy,
how contagious are these photos...of two close friends in the moments of laughter and hugs. it just doesn't get much better than this! y'all are both very special women...that's apparent. our stories, our lives, what do we do with the pain...the unthinkables of life? well, the answer lies within the magic of her smile...her countenance. amazing...wish i could meet her and you face to face one of these days. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!
(that's a big texas LOVE HUG to you both)

Sue McGettigan said...

Fab photos of you and Esther - how wonderful to see two women truly enjoying each other's company. The warmth of feeling between you both really shines out of these photos. What a blessing for both of you to share this joy and closeness.

Karen Cole said...

Wonderful story. Fabulous photographs that express so much feeling. Thanks for sharing, Judy.

izabella said...

I adore these photos!! You both have dreamy sparkles in your eyes...love, sweet love :) xo!!

R2artstudio said...

Two beautiful ladies, both physically and spiritually. Wonderful photos, wonderful memories for you both. I know you will treasure your time with Esther. Thank you letting us get to know her through you.

Kristen Robinson said...

Incredible powerful moving photos and words, what a hero Esther is to the entire world! Please extend my thanks to her for sharing a part of her heart with us.

XOXO
Kristen

Susan Tuttle said...

I can completely see your love and affection for one another--these photos are so special!

Thanks so much for the great cupcake story on my blog--I am getting such a hoot from the interpretations!

Susan
xo

Megan said...

Judy these photos are gorgeous - you both look so happy!

Megan xx

jacky said...

very interesting lady, judy, but it takes one to find one.
wonderful photo's, has captured both of your love for each other.
You are lifes treasures.

vivian said...

thank you for sharing Esther today with all of us. she is so beautiful.. and her strong personality shines through to me.

She Who Flies said...

Such wonderful photos! The warmth and depth of your connection is palpable.

Mélanie said...

Wonderful smile . Great the camps didn't take away her smile ...
My family is jewish and they lived in Algeria during the 2nd war . Some of my grand mother's brothers went to Germany ...
Lucky her , she was just put out of school

Sharon said...

Yes magnificent! I so enjoyed meeting Esther. I must say I was struck by her present youthfullness. I don't know what I expected but she seems so much younger than in my vision of her.

rochambeau said...

Yes, Ester is magnificent! and so are you. The pictures of you together make me happy. Art seems to bring the most wonderful like minded people into our lives. I'm sure your work has brought healing to this family!

kate said...

Your joy in being together is captured in the photographs. What incredible women side-by-side.