The child experiments with being a ghost, 2004

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The Child Experiments with Being a Ghost

Digital photo with post processing

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: This was the second photo of what would become The Child Experiments series, H.o.p. playing the ghost and wanting me to record it, confidant, I'm sure, that he was, well, ghostly, an eerie phantasm floating through the room. I obliged in post processing, but it is still obviously a child in a sheet, and under that sheet is the child who knows that all observing must certainly see a ghost. I only had a cell phone camera at the time.