Almost everyone is familiar with the story of Cinderella. In the classic version the title character, after losing her father becomes a servant for both her stepmother and stepsisters. When the King invites all eligible maidens to go to the ball where his son will pick a bride Cinderella is forbidden to go. With the help from an unexpected fairy godmother nothing is impossible. Growing up I saw many different versions of this fairytale come to life and it’s a story I’ve come to love. I decided to create a modern version of what I think Cinderella would look like in this day and age while keeping elements from the original Disney version. This includes the blue dress she wore and black chocker around her neck. Pumpkins surround Cinderella because in the story her fairy godmother turns them into the chariot that takes her to and from the Prince’s ball. This photograph is meant to show the moment where she’s beginning to transform into a princess for the night. It’s the part of the story that teaches you to believe and it is important to remember that sometimes the good things come suddenly without warning.
“I don’t know if she ever realized that the person I most wanted to be was her.”
– Rory Gilmore
I grew up watching Gilmore Girls on the WB, a television show about two young women who are friends first and mother and daughter second. I’d like to believe that that show is the reason why my mom and I are so close. Every week when a new episode aired we’d sit on the couch together and watch it. I remember when the show ended in 2008 and I was completely crushed because my entire relationship with my mother was built around the close relationship of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. We’re the same person; I’ve become my mother in the best way possible.
Some people think being their mother’s daughter is the worst compliment they could receive and I would have to disagree politely. I love hearing that I look like my mom because she’s beautiful and I love hearing that we act the same because I love her personality. There is something so special about this bond that we share with each other and I feel sad for those who despise the very person I love the most. The very person I look up more then anyone else in the world.
I decided for my project that I wanted to photograph other mothers and daughters with strong tight-knit relationships. The idea is to showcase their similarities and differences while having them in the same location, the same outfit and the same pose. This series was shot in colour to emphasis the subjects. Although the surroundings are the same in each set the people who were photographed are of importance and I feel that it wouldn’t be conveyed the same way through black and white. This allows everyone else to see what I see exactly how I see it.
I was inspired by graphic-designer Carra Skyes, who did something similar with digital photography. Her uncle used to tease her mother asking if she was wearing her clothing. Their quirky photographs are something that reminded me of the Gilmore Girls and I realized that I wanted to capture different mothers and daughters in a similar element. This would be completed using a 4×5 large format camera.
These portraits can speak more then words and show a lifelong bond between mothers and daughters. Although there’s an age difference between the generations, similarities can always be found and I chose to focus on that.
It’s been more then a week since i’ve posted which is quite shocking since lately it seemed as thought I was posting almost every other day. I apologize sincerely! Recently i’ve been playing around with 4×5 Large Format film photography in school, both colour and black and white. Although frustrating to drag the equipment anywhere besides the studio the results are more then worth it.