The Child Experiments with Making Puppets (Puppet Maker's Hand)

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The Child Experiments with Being a Puppet Maker then Monster with Scary Hands

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: H.o.p., inspired by a puppet-making video, tried fashioning a puppet out of paper mache. Along the way, he thought the flour mixture on his hands were perfect for the hands of a scary monster, especially as his fingertips began to prune.