Girl Ascending began with my photograph of a girl seemingly suspended in mid-air, holding onto a chain-link fence with one hand, her dress lifted by the breeze. The setting is commonplace: a baseball game, nondescript buildings, and a dirt field seen though the fence. Nevertheless, the improbable levitation and serene demeanor of the girl suggested the Ascension of the Blessed Virgin Mary to me, raised, as I was, on the symbolic imagery of Catholicism.
Fittingly, the images that most intrigue me are epiphanies, in which the ordinary reveals an underlying significance. Thus, the passage of time, cycle of the seasons, and girls’ ties to the elders who guide them capture my attention.
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