Very nice. I teach 6th grade. You have done a nice job capturing the inbetween girlhood and womanhood stage. This age was described in one thing I read as lolita one minute, baby five minutes later, and all ages inbetween are seen in the minutes between.
Just a question on the shot. Is the black dirt looking stuff, between her feet, in the original?
A beautiful portrait of a striking little girl.
Thanks, Mark. Yes, dirt, and yep, on the original. On the larger print, you can see that the entire cushion is dirty. Just the way I like it. :)
Fantastic. You are officially among my role models now. There's much I can (and do) learn from you. You ever think of writing a column for a magazine or anything like that?
you really know how to capture their soul :)
Thanks Cheryl for sharing your awareness. Your post brought me some tears. A mixture of sadness with a deep inner joy. I don't know how to explain it. I feel identified with both the young girl and her fears, and you with your awareness that it is not our bodies or our personalities but something deeper and far more interesting and lasting than that. Our beings, perfect with their imperfections. So unique rich and valuable. I work every day on letting go of the restrictions of my personality so I can experience myself in a much deeper and meaningful way. I feel Alexandra will find her way too.
Thanks again for showing us.
PS: I wonder how she would feel if she read all this?
well, if you weren't a photographer of children you'd make a helluva teacher of them. when the best teachers are asked what they teach, the answer is never math, science or music, it's, "kids!" moving story (with, yes i confess, some tears...) and a marvelous lesson.
Wonderful inspiring story Cheryl.
I've always marvelled at 'people' photographs. No, perhaps that's not it. I think what really impresses me are the people that understand how to photograph people.
To have the ability to get people to open up is a precious gift, one that I don't think I have. 'Course, I've never really tried, but I don't think I have the personality that would allow me to get into the mode required to photograph people.
I think that's why I photograph the exclusion of people. As long as their ain't no people, it's a scene to be photographed :rolleyes:
I know I've mentioned his name before (and more than once), but Ray McSavaney makes some wonderful photographs of people from the LA area. Simply stunning stuff. Seeing his photographs, and seeing the work that Cheryl does is almost enough to get me to setup my tripod and 4x5 downtown...
I just may give it a try.
Cheryl, what you wrote is exactly true.
"...It's about taking the time to help people feel their own beauty and uniqueness. It's about taking the time to find that connection and exchanging little pieces of yourselves. It's about..... taking the time.
And I'll say it again -- it's not about what they look like, but who they are..."
Your work is an inspiration. I wish we could have you on our Heart Gallery Project.
Thank you, all, for commenting. I always love what I do, but there are moments every so often that I feel were sent just to make me appreciate the opportunities that come with this "job". I'm glad you don't mind my sharing them.
And, Dave, thanks for that compliment. I'm not sure I'm qualified, but you made me smile. :)