Growing Pain NOT !

billyboy

Rhode St. Genese, Belgium

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Shot on Fuji Reala 100 ISO print film on Canon EOS-100 with EF-100mm macro lens. A4 print scanned to digital with Epson V-500 flatbed scanner.

Daughter Melanie, taken during the same shoot as this…

My original description of this portrait was all about the scanner.
But today I had the pleasure of seeing it nominated for the SoJie17 portrait exhibition so figured it needed some editing… cause it’s really all about her.

When I think back on bringing her up during those early teen years, I’ve got to admit it’s hard not to remember the worst of the raging hormones… the defiance of parental authority, the costly phone abuse (it actually requested psychological compensation!), the temper tantrums, the iron shaped burn marks (notice plural) on our bedroom carpet… I know most of you have been there and hopefully back without lasting damage.

But every time I see this picture it all melts away. Cause there were moments like this one more often than my memory alone will allow. The fading scars from when she cuddled a stray cat she found in the back yard before she knew better… the crazy hairdo that hinted to her sense of style that so loved my camera over the years… those amazing deep blue eyes she inherited from her mom… and that infinitely complex expression that couldn’t decide whether to love me back or smack my face. It all makes me realize that it’s all about dynamic. It’s the thrilling highs and the desperate lows that generate the love. Like it or not.

She’s now happily married to an amazing guy. She embraces family values with all her heart… and she works as a top skin beauty analyst with Chanel in Montreal. So something beautiful must have been brewing even during the worst of times.
Thank God I had a camera :-)

…and now… I got a PRIZE…

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