This portrait was captured in a specific time and place in February of 2009. The moment was brief. It lasted exactly 1/250th of a second. Since that time more than 300 million full seconds have come and gone.
Over the ensuing years, I’ve spent a lot of time admiring this photograph. Not because of the art or craft but because of the subject matter. It’s sort of a waypoint along a timeline that gets more interesting as the calendar pages turn.
Since that brief session, my subject has transformed from childhood to adulthood. School has ended and her career has started.
I’m a bit removed from the daily ups and downs of her life but my parental concerns haven’t diminished.
Today I was treated to an audience with her. In what a certain generation refers to as IRL.
The memories associated with the old photograph plus some actual “in real life” togetherness made for a memorable day.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.