I like this particular portrait, most likely snapped around Rye, New Hampshire, because all three of these women are sporting their own brand of reluctance. Judging by their facial expression, none of them are exactly thrilled about having their portrait taken.
Although this glass negative wasn't found with our other Clarence Trefry negatives, I have a sneaky feeling that it's one of his. Most of Trefry's portraits (or at least, most of the ones we have) were taken in natural spaces -- in meadows, in woods. Trefry's portraits also often have a slightly uncanny feel to them. There's something disarming about how his subjects directly engage his camera and these women are no exception.
This image comes to us from the collection of Fred Bodin, who was both a collector and photographer based in Gloucester, Massachusetts. A photojournalist, Fred spent much of his career working for Yankee Magazine. When Fred passed away in 2016, HIP purchased his collection of photographs and negatives from his estate.