A few months ago someone posted about a woman who may have been one of the first 'street photographers', Vivian Maier, mentioning the documentary 'Finding Vivian Maier'. My streaming Netflix finally has it and i watched a couple of nights ago. This Post is a THANK YOU to whomever made that post.
Also a paying forward, this documentary is interesting not just for photographers. It is about creativity, obsession (John Maloof, the filmmaker's), and provides an interesting commentary on how we are remembered by others. Ms. Maier (who at times spelled her last name in every variation that we would pronounce Meyer), worked as a Nanny and took thousands of photos, but there is only evidence of her once trying to get them seen by the public.
Mr. Maloof interviewed people who knew her, including adults who had been her charges when little, and family in small village in Alsace-Loraine region. One thing he did that i LOVED was to juxtapose opposing opinions voiced about her. Simple fact is that whatever we do and however we do it some will praise us and some damn us. Getting a 360 view of a person requires both positive and negative remembrances of them.
There's also little tidbits that could be story prompts, as when she told a man inquiring what she 'does' that she was "sort of a spy". Coupled with the fact that she was hoarder, obsessed with the brutal flaws of humankind, and collected things that one might construe as souvenirs of a time traveller...well...you see where my mind went on what kind of 'spy' she might be. The truth of her is probably a much more common story...she was abused, or at least one time molested as a child and did some unpleasant things to her natural self. She could be brusque, rude and at times abusive to the children in her care (force feeding one).
i would love to hear from anyone else who has watched this, i may in fact watch it again.