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Portraits of a Child Portray Feminine Grace, Pain and Suffering

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Photographer Sharon Boothroyd is the founder and editor of the photography blog Photoparley and is a visiting lecturer. She is represented by Lensky Gallery and lives in Oxford with her husband and two young daughters. Of her series, Edelweiss, Boothroyd writes:

‘Edelweiss is an ongoing series conceived as a visual lullaby using my daughter Anais. I began using the child as a means of portraying feminine grace, pain and suffering with all the trouble it brings. I am also interested in everyday moments where pain and routine events give way to some deeper point of connection; an enlightenment of sorts.

I based the project loosely on the lullaby because of the arresting clash between innocence and a sinister component which often occurs and leads to a deeper reading. Rather than being an illustration of the song, Edelweiss, in it’s repetition, emotion and simplicity, seeks to disarm the viewer by using childhood troubles as a correlation to those of the adult world.’

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sharon_boothroyd_photography

Sharon_Boothroyd_photography

Sharon_Boothroyd_photography

Sharon_Boothroyd_photography

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Announcing The BlowUp NYC: A new photographic storytelling event presented by Feature Shoot. Speakers include Bob Gruen, Chris Stein, Danny Clinch, Janette Beckman, Amy Lombard, and many more. New York, April 3. More info and tickets here