Aaron C. Greenman has previously contributed to this site and has even been a Featured Photographer. Normally, his work is informed by his previous experiences in newspaper journalism, and his interest in graphic arts. This time, however, Aaron wanted to contribute something a little different. I’ll let him tell you, in his own words.
Aaron C. Greenman writes:
“I rarely if ever post photos of members of my family, but this is a photo of my daughter, who was performing in a high school theatre production of Michel de Ghelderode’s “Le Sommeil de la Raison,” written in the early 20th century, between the two world wars. It is a surrealist play about a man who hallucinates in a dream that he meets the seven deadly sins, and death itself, and the play is a comment on man’s hopeless actions toward itself.
My daughter played the main female character – Lust – and As a service to the theatre troupe, I made some photos of one of the final dress rehearsals. She has been preparing the role for almost nine months, and no one in our family had ever heard even one word of text around the house.
During my sneak peek of the play, it was as if watching my teenager transformed. In this one moment, in which Lust wrestles with death, her eye caught the camera (and her father), and with a single, momentary glance, surrounded by a frenzy of color, light and shadow, I felt like she was announcing her power, self-reliance, individuality and arrival as an adult to her father.”