Inspiration: Thinking About Micaela

Last year Karen Irvine from the MoCP was in Seattle and we looked through some of my work together.  It's so interesting to understand what others see in your work in relation to what you see in it. She liked my Micaela Maria project and encouraged to me to pursue it. Since then I've been thinking a lot about that work, the last five years of making it and how it was never conceived as such, but slowly and eventually has become 'something.' I've become interested in this adult-child relationship and have found other artists who have embraced it as well.

Rafael Soldi

Last week Jesse Burke was in town and over dinner he shared having a similar 'holy shit!' moment, when he realized that the photographs he had been making of his daughter, Clover, had suddenly become a a fine art portfolio, a body of work in progress. He talked about it at the lecture he delivered alongside Clover, and also talks about it in his blog. The collaborative relationship they are building is fascinating to me and it got my mind racing again about my relationship with my sister and how picture making-fits in.

Jesse Burke

Jesse Burke

Talking to Jesse immediately got me thinking of Timothy Archibald and his [photographic/collaborative] relationship with his son, their partnership as makers and kinsfolk as they develop his series Echolilia. I don't know that my sister is interested in being part of the process, as she is now in her teens and is more of subject than a collaborator... I think mostly she is just annoyed that I'm taking her picture, but she never says no and her discomfort is very much an important part of documenting her coming of age.

Timothy Archibald 
Timothy Archibald

With that in mind, today I stumbled upon the work of Hideaki Hamada, who has been documenting his two small sons. He has a Flickr page that I strongly suggest browsing through. It was actually fun seeing that we use the same camera, same lens and same film... but damn this guy has an amazing sense of light.... I don't know if he carries a fill flash around, but if I could find light in the places he finds light in I'd be a happy man! Anyhow, his portraits of his sons are heartwarming and kind of amazing.

Can anyone suggest other adult/child, parent/child or sibling relationships in photography? I'd love to learn more about how others have navigated this process.

Hideaki Hamada