The Child Experiments with a Magic Hat
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: In the sping of 2010, H.o.p.'s interest in costuming was taken to a next level with the acquisition of a top hat in a magic set. The tricks portion of the set was promptly discarded in one of his containers for miscellaneous toys, but the hat was a keeper. He created a friendly, masked character, that functioned much like a mime, the purpose of which was to make people feel happy. The costume he finally settled upon was a striped blue blue and white shirt, red plaid pants, a red mask and the hat. He eventually took this costume to the sidewalk where he would greet people on their way home from work, bowing elaborately and performing little antics. Unfortunately, I've no photos of this. I began to wonder where all this was going when the interest waned. But it was a costume he adopted for months and with which he had a lot of fun. He was still occasionally pulling it out in as late as January 2011, which is the last photo I have of it making an appearance after a snow storm.