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Growing Pain! by billyboy

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4194 views, 69 faves, 18 features – November 2012

Me and my daughter Melanie in her teens, battling it out. Took the shot myself with the camera on self timer. Just told her to yell as loud as she could. It was scary how natural this came to her.

Raising a daughter, especially through her teens, is about as emotionally draining as it gets. I knew support groups were available, but I opted for the mental scars… time will tell if that was the right path!!

Shot on Fuji Reala 100 ISO print film with Canon EOS-100 + 100 mm, negative scanned with Canon 2710 film scanner, then converted to BW in Photoshop CS3


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  • Heather Meadows
    Heather Meadowsover 7 years ago

    haha – oh i remember those days in the not so distant past

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 7 years ago

    Thanks Heather. It’s now ten years later and she’s still doing it. They tell me it’s hormones. And that there’s no known antidote. She gets married in January to a very lucky Canadian guy and they will live in Montreal. Life here will be so peaceful. And I will miss her so deeply.

    Cheers, BB

  • caseycastille
    caseycastilleover 7 years ago

    Yay! You’re here too!

    I absolutely love this shot! I’ve long thought it’s such a shame we all (or most of us anyway) have to go through that often angry, often awkward time as teens that causes our parents so much grief, but it must be worth it when one’s children become real adults and can return to the fold, so to speak, and appreciate their parents as people. I know from this side of things how much that experience has enriched my life – I love knowing my parents as an adult.

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 7 years ago

    Thanks Casey. It’s a bit unfortunate that our children don’t really know what their parents are about until they get lives of their own… which is why we have to protect them untiul they do. We go through hell to do it, but if you can stick it out suffering only deep flesh wounds, the reward is massive. I’m just starting to appreciate that now, and thank you for acknowledging from your side. BB

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwuover 7 years ago

    what a wonderful photograph/daughter is excellent

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 7 years ago

    Shanghaiwu, father and daughter both thank you! BB

  • PhotoBloke
    PhotoBlokeover 7 years ago

    Excellent. A generational clash of heads. I can really relate to this.

  • Steve Axford
    Steve Axfordover 7 years ago

    Sounds like great therapy – and it’s made a great photo. Reminds me of that film “Anger Management”

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 7 years ago

    Thanks Brett and Steve. I guess most of us have been there in one way or another. Some of us come back alive, some of us don`t !!

  • ClaireBrewis
    ClaireBrewisover 7 years ago

    Haha thats a fab image! Reminds me of myself and my dad! hehe

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