This is the killer shot by Midwesterner Di Fisk of her daughter Hannah (currently thirteen years old) – reposted and repinned by many admirers: yes, another Flickr photographer-mom with a daughter as her muse. It’s a lovely shot, made even more tender somehow by the Band-aid on her arm – and also rather unusual in that Di has taken a lot of head- and head-and-shoulder shots of Hannah, but few including the torso.
One little puzzle is the fact that Di’s last entry on Flickr is way back in 2011, and the only dedicated site I can find consists of just one (sweet) shot of a very young Hannah blowing a dandelion clock – clearly Di bought the web address, but never got round to using it. Various business site references show that she is (or was) based in Livonia, Michigan, under the name DandelionSky Photography (with her as the photographer and husband Richard as the comptroller) specialising in “Newborn and Child, Commercial, Editorial and Portrait Photography”- but there’s no indication that the business is still active.
More of this is what we’ve lost:
The last is one of the first shots of Hannah to be uploaded to Flickr, dating from the middle of 2007 – not the most perfect of captures, but from then on she serves as Di’s go-to model for all of her photographic experiments: particularly with natural light.
It’s pointless and rather intrusive to speculate what happened in people’s lives that you only come into contact with virtually: I just really hope that sometime soon I can see how thirteen- or fourteen-year-old Hannah is getting on – she’s the same age as my son – and that Di’s photographic dreams are still ongoing in some form: she really deserves it.