Madonnas & ChildrenSunday, July 07, 2019
The Madonna and Child or The Virgin and Child is often the name of a work of art which shows the Virgin Mary and the Child Jesus. The word Madonna means "My Lady" in Italian. Artworks of the Christ Child and his mother Mary are part of the Roman Catholic tradition in many parts of the world including Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, South America and the Philippines. Paintings known as icons are also an important tradition of the Orthodox Church and often show the Mary and the Christ Child. They are found particularly in Eastern Europe, Russia, Egypt, the Middle East and India.
When I took the three photographs, the first in 1968, the second in 1989 and the last one in 2018 the idea that I was replicating the concept of a Madonna and Child was far away from my thought and association.
The first is of my wife Rosemary with our first-born Alexandra. The series of pictures that I took of them together mark the first time I photographed anybody in the nude. And of course babies being babies the obvious event happened.
The second photograph of Colleen Hughes and her son Mitchell I took for a series of photographs of women in tubs which in 1989 marked my launch as an art photographer in a Vancouver gallery opening that I shared with Robert Blake.
The third photograph of Itzel and her son Elías I took with the sole purpose of attempting to represent in a photograph something that might I have been done in a similar manner by Helmut Newton.
Who knows if I will have the opportunity to continue in this series?