Blowing Bubbles

Emily with bubbles
Emily with bubbles

This day was one of those rare occasions when I was trying to reconstruct an image I had in my head. Only this time, it wasn't just in my head; I wanted to re-create a photograph from my own childhood my mom had taken with an old 35 mm. It was a moment she was taking a break from doing whatever she was doing just to play with me. And apparently, I found time to put down my broom as well. (hehe) Here is the original image, taken by my mother in the mid 1980s, the summer I was 2:

And here is my take on just such an event, the summer my daughter is 2...but before you look, keep this in mind. I did not go about this with the right attitude. At first, I was really focused on creating this particular type of image. But after a few minutes I saw this was not going to be possible. I got really frustrated, which was silly because the whole point of the original picture was a moment of spontaneous fun. I put the camera down for a few minutes and blew bubbles and gave my daughter a sweater. I can feel the difference in the images after we were both more comfortable. Although the whole series was shot in black and white with a 50 mm, I can tell the difference. Just like us, the images are warmer, more relaxed, and more involved. Can you tell, too?

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