Portrait of the Child Experimenting with a Ball and Cone

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The Child Experiments with Being a Thing Fashioned of a Ball and Cone

Digital photo with post processing
2007

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: H.o.p. placed a cone on a large exercise ball, draped his long hair over the cone, positioned his hands, and had me make a photo record of this imaginary creature. Upon seeing the photo, he decided the experiment wasn't very successful, but I thought it worthwhile.