The child experiments with being a tiger, 2004

The Child Experiments with Being a Tiger

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: The child becomes a wild tiger running about the savannah which happens to be a Kansas hill photographed during a trip, replacing the apartment through which H.o.p. was running. No matter, he is still a wild tiger.

The Child Experiments with Being a Tiger Playing Piano

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The Child Experiments with Being a Tiger Playing Piano

Digital photo with post processing
2007

H.o.p. played with the costume for three years, until in 2007 he finally outgrew it. This photo, I believe, commemorates the last time he wore the costume, asking me to record the tiger, now musically-inclined, playing the piano.