Photography 101: Moment
“Capture a fleeting moment and experiment with blur and movement.”
Upon hearing about today’s assignment, this photo came immediately to mind. I took this picture 3-1/2 years ago. It was graduation day for Kris (when he was still going by Kerri). At the time, I was kind of ticked off. Why did he turn his head so suddenly ruining what would have been such a cute graduation day picture? Even with little hair, it would have still been cute.
This picture evokes so many emotions. To me, it stands for so many things. It’s one of the last pictures I have of Kerri. I didn’t know at that time that my days with my daughter would be numbered. Or that the time I did have would be so freaking stressful! I spent those last weeks thinking I was preparing to send my daughter off to college. This would be my daughter who had gone through what had to be the most confusing, emotional four years of high school EVER. On that graduation day, I was just thankful that Kerri was actually graduating. After willfully failing a class and defying school administrations with what appeared to be some bizarre antics, I just wanted this kid out of that school. I hoped that college would be a more pleasant and positive experience. HA! This picture represents the beginning of a very unreal summer. We made lists, shopped and packed. And then it all changed the day we found out that Kerri was transgender and actually identified as male.
So, looking at this picture, I’m brought back to the end of our lives as we knew it.
And then how can I pass up this one? There’s nothing more fun for a kid than a box to wear on his head. How many things can he bump into? What can he see when he looks down? Should he close his eyes to intensify the experience? All I can tell you is that if you want to get a kid moving around and burning off some excess energy, give him a box!