I asked Diane to stand behind our porch door. I was struck by the branches appearing to “grow from” Diane’s body. As I looked at this beautiful image I felt it needed something to ground it.
Reflections XVIII Â© Susan Elkin
I asked Diane to hold the edge of the door with her right hand. For me, it gave an inside/outside quality. When she completed that gesture, I knew the composition came fully together.
I’ve been told by a woman who purchased this photograph that it encompassed the aging experience in this culture. She put the photograph on the front door to her office. At that time she was working with the elderly in her community. She felt this image dignified the aging process.
~~ Susan Elkin