This is my girl

No need for a long diatribe tonight.  This is my girl, Anna Maria.  I made this picture a couple weeks ago when we went to the beach right around sunset.  She was running around like she’s want to do, taking pictures of all things beach.  For just a second she was standing still, like she was just taking it all in—the sunset and the kids and the huge waves—all of it.  She was rim lit by the sinking sun and I couldn’t help but think of how beautiful she looked standing there, in her new hat and her cut off shorts searching calmly for her last image in those final seconds of the day.  AM looked liked she was meant to be there—like she had been doing it her whole life so that I could be there to see it just at that moment.  I could feel my chest swell for some reason.  I could even feel my heart hurt a little.    

I moved in closer, bent my knees to come down ever so slightly and made this image.  Shot on the my Leica M7 with the amber filter on a Summicron 35.  I used Kodak Tri-X 400 film pushed to 800 at the Icon.  

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