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Birthday Smile

Found by Nate Morehouse in Tempe, Arizona

I found this abused Polaroid stuffed into the center of a Cholla cactus. The girl’s birthday smile seems at odds with the treatment of the photo, which is crumpled and slightly burned in one corner. Perhaps due to anger between mother (maybe the woman with a matching smile in the background) and father, now no longer on speaking terms? Or a rebellious move by the subject of the photo, now a teenager? And what’s up with the giant stuffed tarantula in the bottom left?