I have been observing this image on my living room wall for the last few days. Actually, I clearly remember this image of myself as a 3 year old from my last visit to miami.
I look happy in the image. Having my picture taken was a complete mission when I was a young. I absolutely hated it. I would moan and complain, and run from cameras. It makes me smile now because I know that I direct others in order to create interesting images.
But this image means a lot to me. I look at this image and I love the casual pose that I am in. I am just there relaxed, with a ready for action posture. The tree and myself are balanced nicely in the image. The shade of the trees of Fairchild Gardens (now Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden) balance with the hot sunny spots behind.
My mother told me that this image came off the first roll of test film on their new camera. Which was probably a 35 mm Minolta. Little did my parents know that photography would become the defining character of my life.
It all stated with a click of a shutter on a new Minolta camera at Fairchild Gardens. I as a man of 40 years engaging in some lucid communication with myself as a photographic image as a 3 year old.