I’m usually not a huge fan of straight forward portaiture, but Sage Sohier’s series Almost Grown manages to strike a resonant emotional chord for me in spite of its stark simplicity. The series is comprised of images depicting parents posing with their on-the-cusp-of-adulthood children. The majority of the images create a visual triangle of spectatorial gazing, where in one of the subjects stares at the camera (and therefore at us, ther viewer), while the other model gazes almost longingly at their familial partner in the image.
This not only creates a visually dynamic image, it also creates a physically dynamic experience for the viewer, who immediately feels personally involved in the obvious emotional connectivety taking place.
These images expolore both the unbreakable connections between family members, and the necessity to at some point, and to a certain degree, sever those connections.
You should really go to her site and look at more of her photographs….CLICK! CLICK! CLICK!