Halloween 2007, H.o.p. as mummy

The Child Experiments with Being a Mummy

Digital photo with post-production
2007

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. tore up a white sheet we'd always used for shadow puppet plays and dressed himself as a mummy for the Halloween of 2007. Every house was very impressed with the costume and went on at length about it, I think because it wasn't store bought. "What a great costume! That's wonderful!" And H.o.p. is one of those kids who enjoys the meeting people. At every house where the people engaged with him and conversed, he came away saying, "That was the best!" And was particularly pleased when he got to meet their pets as well.

Halloween 2007, H.o.p. as mummy

H.o.p. Experiments with Being a Stand-up Comedian Mummy

Digital photo with post-production
2007

These women were the best treaters of the evening, responding well to H.o.p.'s jokes and making plenty of their own. "I'm laughing so hard my bandages are coming off," H.o.p. said. And they were. But remained largely intact until his bucket was nearly full and he was ready to go home.

Halloween 2007, H.o.p. as mummy

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H.o.p. Photographs Himself as a Mummy

Digital photo with post-profuction
2007

H.o.p. took a photo of his costume to ensure we got a good one.