Lennon Verses the Mosquito…

I Know My Right Eye is Swollen, Mama, But Please Do Not Interrupt My Elmo Time! Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 10 x 8 inches.

Lennon, I suppose, ultimately won her battle against a mosquito at daycare on Friday; but it wasn’t pretty!  These photographs are representative of one of those motherly moments I am compelled to photograph… I love these moments because, not only it is a part of my job, but I also get to witness my daughter… in all her true colors.  Another Sally Mann moment I was having.  I just completely get her and her photography/ photographs, and so, I love capturing these moments.  I was capturing them before I even knew who Mann was.  Love her work.  Now, this little girl, Lennon, of mine doesn’t let anything get her down… not even being born 6 weeks early… she out-ate every baby in the NICU.  She’s a trooper and has a great, whacky personality with a BIG heart… especially at this present toddler state of existence she thrives in.  Lennon is eager to learn and dance and laugh… and nothing gets her down.  And if anything gets her down, it only last ten minutes and then she’s back to being her brave self all over again.  She is such a fun, spunky child; a child lets me know exactly what she is thinking at all times.  These are some photographs I took of her, after my husband walked inside one night, and I saw her EYE!!! I couldn’t get her to sit still enough the first night after the incident… so only one of these photographs is from that exact moment I fist saw her. But the others are from the very next day, while she was watching Sesame Street in her Elmo t-shirt next to her “Tickle-Me” Elmo.  She’s growing up on me.  Her teacher at daycare told my husband that she saw a mosquito on Lennon, but it was too late and it had already got her good.  HAHA!! This is the second time in her life so far that she has had her eye swell up like she’s been soccer-punched… the first was a bad case of pinkeye.  I guess I’d like to call these portraits of Lennon, but I use the term loosely because they are not perfect, pretty pictures.  They are pretty pictures with swollen eyes.  These photographs just make me smile.  She’s hilarious and is always cracking me up.  So, naturally, Lennon with a half-open swollen eye still giggling and laughing and pitching fits, was quite humorous to me.  I had to document.  🙂  And I believe these photographs bring out the true colors she was expressing throughout my whole, spontaneous photo-shoot of her.  It was a roller-coaster ride of emotions… in about a five minutes… How dare I interrupt her Elmo viewing!

The Night After Battle. Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 10 x 8 inches.

A Fussy Toddler Moment. Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 10 x 8 inches.

And Two Seconds Later… Look! Elmo! Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 10 x 8 inches.

Elmo and Uncertainty. Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 10 x 8 inches.

A One-Eyed, Frustrated Yet Content Face . Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 8 x 10 inches.

Can’t Take Her Eyes off Her First True Love. Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 8 x 10 inches.

A Roller-Coaster Ride to the Good Eye. Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 8 x 10 inches.




17 thoughts on “Lennon Verses the Mosquito…

  1. I miss those years. I used to take a lot of pictures of my son when he was her age. Cherish each moment. They grow so fast. Those pictures of your daughter shows how adorable she is. Well captured. Hope her mosquito bite is better.

    • Thank you so much! Haha yeah her mosquito bite is much better… it bit her three times so that is why it was so swollen. It is crazy how fast they grow up… my son is already three and a half! I can’t believe that! Lennon is at such a cute and fun stage in life right now being only 20 months old. Thank you so much for stopping by and for all your feedback 🙂

    • Yay! I’m so glad I turned you on to her work! Sally Mann is awesome and is definitely a fan of the creepy and the shocking, but in a hauntingly beautiful sort of way. Her Immediate Family series is of her children but she also photographs “the land.” She uses a vintage camera from the 19th century that uses glass plates and drives around in a van with all her chemicals to photograph the land. She’s pretty cool! I’ve heard her latest work is more graphic and death centered… but I haven’t delved too deeply into it yet. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  2. You also made me curious about Sally Mann, so I checked her out too and loved her work…it’s just beautiful. Lennon is such a trooper…nice capture of the moment 😉

  3. Polly –

    Almost everyone takes photos of their child and/or their animal and many of the kids and animals are cute doing cute things that make people ooohhh and aaawww . However, What I’ve found to be true is that what makes these types of photos stand out is not how cute the child or the animal is, but the ability of the photographer to capture the story of what the child or kid is doing… – … I do believe you have done that here with these photos of your daughter.
    Very cute little lady with maybe a dash of orneriness………… 🙂

  4. OHmigosh, she has THE shirt!
    C loves Elmo aka the Red Devil…and she saw this shirt on a boy at the playground and ran up to tackle him saying, EEEEEEEEELHMooOooooooH!

    thank goodness it was in Edinburgh rather than Vienna…i could explain my crazy baby’s behavior.
    Great photos and Len is SO big!

    • Haha that is hilarious!!! Toddlers are obsessed with Elmo!! Rush called him Melmo :). Lennon is getting so big… I can’t believe it. I love that you call her C. SO cute! Thanks for looking at my blog Alex! 🙂

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