The child experiments with being a monster wearing a hardhat so it isn't hit in the head with rocks

The Child Experiments with Being a Monster in a Hard hat

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 pose, and slight variations on it, should be very familiar by now. It was the "I am a monster with menacing claws" pose, and sometimes it was fierce, and other times it looked like the great job-of-a-lifetime that had lost its luster and wanted some re-evaluation.

2004, The Blue Bird and the Alien Dinosaur