The child experiments with a bowl and water

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The Child Experiments with a Bowl and Water

Digital photo with post processing
2006

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: Fresh out of a bath, wrapped in a towel, H.o.p. had plans for a photo. He wanted to experiment with being, well, a bowl and water something. He filled the bowl with water, then put the bowl-hat on his head, drenching himself with the water. It wasn't just an action, it was a character that was all about the bowl of water as its hat.

I don't know why this photo always reminds me of Napoleon.