The Child Experiments with being a Green Dragon

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The Child Experiments with Being a Green Dragon with Hurricane Wind Breath

Digital photo with post processing
2004

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: The head of a dragon costume made for months, even years, of play. In this session, a basketball pump was enlisted for producing the dragon's breath, which was as forceful as a hurricane, and probably was supposed to be fiery as well.

Certainly, no dragon in a hard hat, with basketball pump breath, was ever as fierce and terrible as was H.o.p.'s.