As soon as I saw the overgrown grass on my recce, I knew that this was the image I wanted to take. At the time it represented potential – a young person dreaming about what their life would be like. Now it reminds me of the beautiful moments in life that are transitory – the perfect afternoon at the beach, your wedding day, your first visit to Paris … moments that can be captured in images but never replicated.
The model was 13 at the time of this shoot – right in the demographic of Dolly magazine who bought an image in this series for $200 back in ’96. I don’t know if it was ever published but if it was, I hope the advice in the article was better than is normally the case.