Once Upon A Time
This work is a collaboration between myself and my 15 year old daughter.
We work intuitively, with no script or agenda. She dresses up, I follow. I am beholden to her, capturing moments which toggle between fantasy and reality, as she tells her story. I am like a spectator in the audience who has been given a chance to peek behind the curtain and capture her world.
The process is much like childhood, at times, playful and joyful, at other times, frustrating and confusing. The result of our collaboration is a series of photos that depict her creativity and imagination.
It is an honor, a privilege. It is also fleeting. I relish these moments, as I know their occurrence will dwindle as she makes her way into womanhood.
Stephanie Smith is a photographer based in the Boston area. Her photography has roots in the darkroom at Smith College, where she studied as an undergraduate. In addition, Smith studied photography at The New England School of Photography and The Griffin Museum of Photography.
Smith photographs people here and abroad, telling stories that are both familiar and unfamiliar about her subjects. She pulls the viewer into the narrative, in the same manner a novel engages its reader.
In 2013, through her non-profit Live Learn Act, Smith launched a global photography project for children that spanned four continents and 25 countries entitled Show Me Your School. Instead of pencil and paper, the assignment asked the children to share their answers visually, through photography. Over a thousand images were collected and compiled along with curriculum for an exhibit that toured local schools and the Winchester Public Library.
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