The year was 2009. It was January. My cousin’s wife had just given birth to their second son. They had just told me that I would be one of the godfathers. I was quite overjoyed and honoured. My family paid a visit to my cousin so we could see the newborn. Being the proud godfather that I was, I brought my DSLR. We arrived,and we found out that he was napping. What I felt when I saw him was peace. The closed eyes and deep breathing showed, obviously, not a care in the world. I was also surprised at the amount of hair on his head for a baby that was merely a few days old. No surprises, I set about to take photos.
Taking the photograph felt natural to me. Seeing him compelled me to take photos of him. But what angle should I do it from? What orientation? I had to envision what I wanted the final product to look. Close up. Right up to his face. Orientation had to be landscape. A portrait orientation would yield unnecessary tension. I had to get low, almost like a parent sleeping beside their child. I snapped the photograph. I left it alone for a long time. Who knows why? Maybe life happened and I didn’t really get a chance to reflect on the image itself. Today though, I had plenty of time to consider what I wanted to do with the final product.
I hadn’t really done anything with the photograph other than print the original in colour for my cousins as a present. I didn’t feel like the original conveyed the right emotions. I pushed it through Photoshop. The photograph had to be black and white; black and white, to me, elicits a nostalgic, almost old-time feel to the photograph. I made his face lighter; he’s merely a few days old. Innocent as can be. Making his face lighter made his face seem almost angelic. His hair is jet black and I wanted to keep it that way. I want you to feel the same way I felt when I was there, watching him sleep. I want you to look at his face and feel the innocence. I, then, want you to look at his hair and be surprised at its volume and density. Most importantly, I want you to feel what I felt when I heard that I would be a godfather: joy.
Taken with Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II.
Shutter Speed: 1/20s.
Edited with Adobe Photoshop CS4.