Michael Ritzie  

Mother and Daughter by Michael Ritzie

July 2024 - Mother and Daughter

About the Image(s)

June 1st, I attended the Bicentennial Celebration in Gold Hill, NC, USA with my local camera club. They had several heritage exhibits set up along with costumed participants. This was a shot of a mother and her young daughter at the yarn spinning wheel. The kids were so cute in their costumes and I liked the concentration this young girl had in what her mother was doing.
Here’s a little more info on the town:
The restored gold mining town of Gold Hill and Gold Hill Mines Historic Park invite visitors to step back in time. Come out and experience the simple life. The wood sidewalks are reminiscent of the Old West, but in fact, Gold Hill, North Carolina was a well established gold mining boom town by the early 1840’s. This was almost a decade before the gold strike at Sutter’s Mill in California. Gold Hill had a bustling main street that spanned a mile in its day. The town boasted of at least sixteen merchants, twenty-three saloons and about six brothels. The town had two hotels, a boarding house and a two-story mining office. It was a town of which, even the mayor of Charlotte, NC was envious. He made newspaper headlines when he commented that he had hopes that “Charlotte will one day be as big and prosperous as Gold Hill.”
The first discovery of gold at Gold Hill was in 1824. In 1843 the town was incorporated. A formal ‘town’ meeting was held and Col. George Barnhardt, son-in-law of John Reed (Reed Gold Mine, NC State Historic Site), was chosen as the first mayor. Under his management, the Barnhardt Gold Mine at a depth of 435ft. was becoming the largest producer of gold in the south. The Earnhardt/Randolph Gold Mine reached an eventual depth of 850ft. Between the two mines alone, they produced a wealth of gold valued at seven to nine million dollars prior to the California gold strike. The news of the California strike didn’t stop production of gold on the eastern front. The gold mines in North Carolina continued to prosper and lead the way in gold production until the beginning of the Civil War.

Shot with a Canon R5 and RF70-200 F2.8 L IS USM at 104mm, f/4.0, 1/200 sec, handheld.
Processed with ACR, Photoshop and converted to B&W with NIK 7 Silver Efex

4 comments posted

Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
Michael: I really like the relationship seen between the mom and daughter in your image. Both wearing period attire sitting at the vintage spinning wheel together with a good dark background - who could ask for more? Post camera processing nicely done.   Posted: 07/08/2024 07:57:18

Peter Clark   Peter Clark
Michael - a first class portrait of mother and daughter - it looks so natural as opposed to being posed, which it clearly is. The connection between the two is there for all to see - intense concentration on both faces. The processing is spot on too.
Thanks for including the backstory of the town - very interesting.   Posted: 07/11/2024 04:15:49

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Michael
I do a lot of portraiture and love seeing portraiture,the lighting is superbly handled the background is dark and makes the 2 characters stand out but not so dark you can see detail in the background,beautifully composed and the connection between the child and mother is the icing on the cake.
Beautiful image.   Posted: 07/11/2024 15:20:22

Ed Ries
Michael, beautiful portrait. The lighting on the face of the mother and little girl are beautifully lit. The faces seem to glow. The expressions were well timed. Well done.

By the way, I am spending July and August on the top of Sugar Top in NC, in Banner Elk. Much more pleasant than Fort Myers, Florida this time of year.

  Posted: 07/11/2024 16:55:09


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