The Child Experiments with Being a Red Monster
Digital photo with post processing
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. took two acting classes, but was disillusioned by the end of the second one as he found there wasn't much playing around at being whatever you wanted to be. Indeed, during the end-of-class production, H.o.p. decided the character he was supposed to play was pretty boring, and switched to being a cat. He did enjoy the class which necessitated his playing with make-up, and played at being a very scary red monster.