When the stars align and there’s a skillful set of playful eyes at the ready, play’s transitory essence can be distilled into a frame of now. This sequence of images – older sister shooting little brother – dates back nearly 10 years. I’m sharing it today in celebration of big sister’s birthday.
Can there possibly be a better toy than the humble plastic colander? Through discovery and experimentation, a commmonplace item is elevated to a magical stratosphere while still retaining its intrinsic simplicity. The pleasure goes beyond the laughing of it.
There is something elemental in the spontaneous belly rumbling giggles that burst out in a good session of play. I am happy to have rediscovered these images after a long absence. They embody so many narratives. There are the individual stories of my son and daughter (subject and shooter), the story of family and sibling relationships, the artful story of photography itself and of course the exuberant story of the moment, play for play’s sake.
There can never be an overabundance of photographs that portray authentic moments of spontaneous joy. Engaging images like this of kids anywhere are always a gift to behold. For a passing breath, I step more lightly buoyed by an ethereal current.
Rearranging the sequence of the images makes for new rememberings of linear events. Thanks for these shots Alexa and happy birthday my love.
To see Alexa’s more recent work, visit her on instagram @seriouslyalexa or visit the FB page for her photography business with her partner Luke – North by North Photography. This photographic duo based in Halifax, Nova Scotia are both graduates of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design – NSCAD University.