I’ve known Grace since she was in the 7th grade. She was going to Portland’s DaVinci Arts Middle School while I was there working on a photographic project on adolescence. One day I looked out the classroom window and saw Grace down on the swingset, wearing a pearl necklace and jeans and Converse, looking a little melancholy under the gray skies. I told her to stay there, while I grabbed my big wooden field camera, and raced out to photograph her. Later that day I discovered that Grace and her friend were supposed to have been in class at that time, and they spent a little time in the principal’s office as a result.
On the upside, the portrait I took of Grace on the swingset made the final cut, and was published last January in LensWork Magazine.
So it was a delight to have opportunity to take some new portraits of Grace yesterday at Mt Tabor park. Here’s a favorite:
I’m pleased to say that, in spite of her time in the principal’s office in middle school, Grace is now the student body president at Franklin High School. Pretty cool.