Amy Grace was one of the first photographers to submit photos to Little Bellows! And I'm oh so happy she did! These warm, wind swept images just take my breath way. They capture the freedom and carefree innocence of being a kid and they make me feel nostalgic. Just lovely! From Amy:
"there is a perfect moment in every moment. sometimes, i see people as the coiling and unraveling of every version of themselves. all the ages, years, loves, hopes, triumphs, becoming, in one circle that loops around itself, spinning out, growing. i see my daughter as the perfectly pure infant, who grew in my body, and gave me the kind of pause that could stop a world. and more and more, i see her as the carnation of the dreams she is cultivating, by learning to engage, create, and listen. we are taught that we cannot be everywhere at once, but really, i feel that the more connected we are to ourselves, the people we love, our histories, and dreams, being where we are is just that. this moment seems to dance in the wind. it contains her, it is how i feel her, and it is frozen here, alive, beating."
Scroll down to read Cat's take.
These portraits are centered on a young girl's natural, wavy hair, used as a representative for the girl's spirit, unpredictability, and youth. It flails, and whips around wildly when she spins. Then it sits quietly on her shoulders and chest when she is still, blocking the sun from the camera lens. The sun flare really adds to this series, its rays bouncing off of stray strands to create a fire-like effect, and blowing out the girl's face, further adding mystery to our subject. My favorite picture is the one at the very end, when we can finally see the girl's entire face - and it is a soft, wise face. Beautiful!!
How can a young girl be so mysterious? Sometimes, portraits say just as much about the photographer who took them as they do about the subject. If you read Amy's comments above, they reinforce this: these are pictures of how a mother experiences her daughter. As such, she has made a concrete illustration out of a very abstract concept, and that is one of the hardest things to do in art. Knowing this, these free, organic portraits of a young girl then turn into something more like a painting or a poem than a classic photographic portrait. Amazing work!