H.o.p. and his New Hat, New Mexico, 2008

The Child Experiments with Being a Cowboy

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: H.o.p.'s love of masks and dressing up in costume evolved into an interest in hats. He collected a few over the years, most of them not much more than cardboard masquerading as a hat. This was instead the bonafide article, real leather.

H.o.p. and His New Hat, New Mexico, 2008

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