Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sunday Blooms

My daughter is singing in the kitchen as she collects candles and sets them up on a white sheet with an arrangement of dead leaves and a bruised flower for her latest photo project. She has to compare the madness of Ophelia and Hamlet for an English assignment.

For Ophelia, she borrowed a waterproof camera housing from one of her friends and filled the bathtub with water. Earlier she went to the corner to buy exactly three blooms, a white Anastasia, a red rose and an orange flower. All afternoon she has been drowning the blooms in the bathtub and taking underwater pictures of them to approximate the river where Ophelia suffocated her unrequited love, or something like that. It's been a long time since I read Hamlet.

The prince's madness is more angry and destructive, she says, so she wants to use some sort of fire motif to represent that. Hence the gathering together of candles. She plans to make collages from the photos she is taking and then write something that explains how they represent the subjects at hand. I find her imagination and determination to create the pictures in her head so exciting to watch. I particularly love when she says Can you hold this for me? and What if I do it this way? and Hmmm that's not bad at all.

The images are moody, which I find so at odds with the winter sunlight streaming through our window today, and my daughter's cheerfulness as she works. But her subject is madness, loss, grief, destruction. Ophelia and Hamlet would understand the images.


  1. It is such a wonder to observe the inner workings of our children's minds. I love how you described her process and how was singing as she worked. I somehow believe that she takes after her beautiful momma:)


  2. These kinds of projects are pretty much the only thing I miss about high school. That and my awesome teenage figure and lack of real responsibility.

  3. I love reading about this child of yours. Your love and pride always shine through.

  4. What a fantastic project and a brilliant approach your daughter is taking. It is always wonderful to sing while attending to a task, isn't it? I do it all the time.

  5. Debra W, it is endlessly fascinating to observe our children, truly.

    koshercritter, those are three very worthy things to miss! i miss them too.

    Katrina, thank you for the kind read. and for being here.

    Gary, singing while working is the best thing. I wish we had not lost that in our glass and concrete workplaces! but you, lucky man, get to sing while you work!

  6. Your daughter is endlessly creative.
    I find it fascinating to watch my children become .

  7. deb, there is no more fascinating thing on this earth that to watch your children become. truly. even when the path they follow isn't smooth, it is the most love-filled thing to follow their progress, praying all the time.