That perfect moment

Have you ever had the notion that kids are much smarter than adults? I mean really young kids. It’s as if they have a certain natural wisdom they are born with that sometimes gets corrupted as they grow older.

This is Vayle. I made this image while I was visiting her parents in Portland. I first thought this moment was perfect because the way the sun back lit her and made her white-yellow hair glow, and how the light played off the hardwood floor. Then I notice that this is both a child in motion and one who is very focused. And as I look into the eyes in this image I see knowledge well beyond this child’s‘ couple of years. It is as though she is secretly saying; “click that shutter now camera boy, because in 1/60th of a second I’ll be gone.”