A Rolleiflex portrait of a kid on a bike.
I remember the day when I came to grips with the idea that a child could be too well documented. It was the afternoon on which I took this image. I was working in my little studio, which is just ten steps from the front of our house, when Ben came home from school on his bike. I grabbed my tripod mounted Rollei and headed out front. He saw me coming out the door so he waited for me near the top of the drive. He saw the camera and figured this might take a while so he dropped his backpack on the ground and gave me his gravely-determined-to-be-patient face.
I metered the exposure and snapped a few frames. Then I heard, "Are we done yet?"
And even though my child is very patient and undemanding of me I could hear the photo-fatigue in his voice. Now I only document truly big milestones in his life. Things like:
Waking up, eating oatmeal, walking the dog, playing chess, shooting video, riding away from the house, riding back to the house, swimming, running, walking, chewing, laughing, yawning, playing video games, eating snacks, etc. I think we're working toward a really healthy balance......