The Child Experiments with Being a Superhero
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 image: Transforming himself into a superhero, H.o.p. put on a pair of my boots (the left boot on the right foot, the right boot on the left), taped a paper lightning bolt to his chest, donned an old belt of mine, and taped a straw to a mask. I forget what the purpose of the straw taped to the paper mask was. We decided it would make a good painting, like a comic book. Though I have it dated 2006, it is more likely from 2004 or 2005 and I finished painting it in 2006.
This is a digital painting based on a photo but belongs to the Child Experiments series.