The Child Experiments with Being Mr. Dark
Digital photo with post-production
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: 2009 was a year preoccupied with Mr. Dark. So, Mr. Dark wasn't just a Halloween costume, he had been a character that H.o.p. practiced for a while, a difficult one that required quite a bit of honing as Mr. Dark is invisible but for his eyes and clothing. No matter how H.o.p. tried, he couldn't quite manage the aesthetic to his perfect satisfaction, but he certainly made the effort.