The Child Experiments with Being a Minotaur
Digital photo with post processing Copyright J Kearns 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 thught as we both conjured a photo befitting his dream.
On this photo: He was interested for a long while in minotaurs. It seems to me that he stopped asking about them after we purchased and watched a program on Minoan civilization and Crete, thugh he would still sometimes draw minotaurs and make up stories about them.
When he was three to six years of age the picture books he carried around always were art books of Ernst (he loved in particular "The Hundred Headless Woman") and Picasso. Obviously we borrowed on the classic handlebars as horns for this.