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The amateurish elements of this stark photo together with Shirley Temple's impassive gaze gives this image a haunting quality that is unusual among Shirley Temple photographs.
The image is from a publicity shoot for the 1934 movie, Bright Eyes, in which Shirley is cast as an orphan. As is the case with most of the photos I post, the qualities that interest me are more evident when the image is viewed full-size.
This photo is posted in its original size. When I enlarged the image to fit my blog template, the compelling sense of the child's vulnerability was diminished.