One Great Thing
by Ann Thurlow
Can this photo be a portrait if there is no face? It shows the model from the chin down. Without the telltale twinkle of the eye, the ironic tilt of the brow, we are left only to guess about the characters in Monica Lacey’s stark and luminous pictures. Or maybe the bright yellow dress tells us something; perhaps there’s a hint in the collection of things on the counter behind. Whatever—it’s a good lesson. These pictures remind us to always look around. They admonish us about glancing only at a face and jumping to conclusions.