Richard Ansett

The final image presentation of Boy in Stormtrooper Helmet has evolved over a 6 year period from the moment of capture in 2009 to this moment of documentation and  has been essential in the decision to bring the image to public view.

The child subject in this documentation shot in 2015 was 11 years old and he agreed that the image could be shown publicly. There has been an ongoing discussion since the image’s conception with the family, recognizing that the inherent nature of the image might be irrevocably altered by its introduction to the public realm, transforming a moment of intense privacy and beauty to a document and potential catalyst for a broader and unknown debate.

As part of the discussion with the parents at the point of creation, we have examined the works by Sally Mann, Nan Golding, Boris Mikhailov and others, which famously brought an ambivalence to their child subjects’ feelings. The response of Sally Mann’s son in adulthood was a major consideration in the decision by the father in not granting permission for the early release of the work. As with Mann’s work, which only exposes the naked torso of her son, we acknowledge the danger of unknown emotional damage to a child’s development in the exposure of their image to public view. This is still a consideration as we accept that the permission granted is still from a child who is not fully appreciative of the complexity of the adult world. The permission is on going and the boy now 16 years old (2020) has been approached for permission and further comment.

In entering the password for this gallery and viewing this image you are accepting the potential to be complicit and agree to accept responsibility for the content.

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Link to original portrait: Private Commission Stormtrooper

The final image presentation of Boy in Stormtrooper Helmet has evolved over a 6 year period from the moment of capture in 2009 to this moment of documentation and  has been essential in the decision to bring the image to public view.

The child subject in this documentation shot in 2015 was 11 years old and he agreed that the image could be shown publicly. There has been an ongoing discussion since the image’s conception with the family, recognizing that the inherent nature of the image might be irrevocably altered by its introduction to the public realm, transforming a moment of intense privacy and beauty to a document and potential catalyst for a broader and unknown debate.

As part of the discussion with the parents at the point of creation, we have examined the works by Sally Mann, Nan Golding, Boris Mikhailov and others, which famously brought an ambivalence to their child subjects’ feelings. The response of Sally Mann’s son in adulthood was a major consideration in the decision by the father in not granting permission for the early release of the work. As with Mann’s work, which only exposes the naked torso of her son, we acknowledge the danger of unknown emotional damage to a child’s development in the exposure of their image to public view. This is still a consideration as we accept that the permission granted is still from a child who is not fully appreciative of the complexity of the adult world. The permission is on going and the boy now 16 years old (2020) has been approached for permission and further comment.

In entering the password for this gallery and viewing this image you are accepting the potential to be complicit and agree to accept responsibility for the content.

Password: I_agree

Link to original portrait: Private Commission Stormtrooper

The final image presentation of Boy in Stormtrooper Helmet has evolved over a 6 year period from the moment of capture in 2009 to this moment of documentation and  has been essential in the decision to bring the image to public view.

The child subject in this documentation shot in 2015 was 11 years old and he agreed that the image could be shown publicly. There has been an ongoing discussion since the image’s conception with the family, recognizing that the inherent nature of the image might be irrevocably altered by its introduction to the public realm, transforming a moment of intense privacy and beauty to a document and potential catalyst for a broader and unknown debate.

As part of the discussion with the parents at the point of creation, we have examined the works by Sally Mann, Nan Golding, Boris Mikhailov and others, which famously brought an ambivalence to their child subjects’ feelings. The response of Sally Mann’s son in adulthood was a major consideration in the decision by the father in not granting permission for the early release of the work. As with Mann’s work, which only exposes the naked torso of her son, we acknowledge the danger of unknown emotional damage to a child’s development in the exposure of their image to public view. This is still a consideration as we accept that the permission granted is still from a child who is not fully appreciative of the complexity of the adult world. The permission is on going and the boy now 16 years old (2020) has been approached for permission and further comment.

In entering the password for this gallery and viewing this image you are accepting the potential to be complicit and agree to accept responsibility for the content.

Password: I_agree

Link to original portrait: Private Commission Stormtrooper

The final image presentation of Boy in Stormtrooper Helmet has evolved over a 6 year period from the moment of capture in 2009 to this moment of documentation and  has been essential in the decision to bring the image to public view.

The child subject in this documentation shot in 2015 was 11 years old and he agreed that the image could be shown publicly. There has been an ongoing discussion since the image’s conception with the family, recognizing that the inherent nature of the image might be irrevocably altered by its introduction to the public realm, transforming a moment of intense privacy and beauty to a document and potential catalyst for a broader and unknown debate.

As part of the discussion with the parents at the point of creation, we have examined the works by Sally Mann, Nan Golding, Boris Mikhailov and others, which famously brought an ambivalence to their child subjects’ feelings. The response of Sally Mann’s son in adulthood was a major consideration in the decision by the father in not granting permission for the early release of the work. As with Mann’s work, which only exposes the naked torso of her son, we acknowledge the danger of unknown emotional damage to a child’s development in the exposure of their image to public view. This is still a consideration as we accept that the permission granted is still from a child who is not fully appreciative of the complexity of the adult world. The permission is on going and the boy now 16 years old (2020) has been approached for permission and further comment.

In entering the password for this gallery and viewing this image you are accepting the potential to be complicit and agree to accept responsibility for the content.

Password: I_agree

Link to original portrait: Private Commission Stormtrooper