Child as Dragon

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The Child Experiments with Being a Cardboard Dragon

Digital photo with post processing
2004

On the series: These portraits were more collaborative efforts with my young son, than my simply taking pictures of him. He would prepare a situation and would ask that a picture be taken, which is how the series began. He wanted to see how what he'd dreamed up looked like through the eye of the camera, and enjoyed having it preserved--probably like most children. Then when I was working on a picture in post production I would ask him what he thought as we both conjured a photo befitting his dream.

On this photo: Costuming was a year round activity, but Halloween meant more elaborate hopes, such as this attempt at constructing a dragon head mask out of cardboard and paper mache. The year when H.o.p. tried putting on the dragon head again, and it didn't fit, made the idea of his relentlessly growing up especially real for him in a different way than yearly growing out of clothes.