My photographs of Alison, because of the nature of our relationship, are very much a father-daughter collaboration -- Alison permitting me access to private moments of her life, which might, under different circumstances, be off-limits to a parent.
The camera, early in her life, became part of our relationship, necessitating in me an acceptance of her behavior, a quietness.
1993: Barrett, Baltimore, Md. (Jack Radcliffe)
We’ve never had long photographic sessions, but rather moments alone or with friends.
1995: Umbrellas, Columbia, Md. (Jack Radcliffe)
The significance of these pictures emerges in retrospect.
1999: Coffee, Aberdeen, Md. (Jack Radcliffe)
I realize, as I look at them, that I created a visual life story of Alison, capturing moments in her metamorphosis from infant to woman -- her relationships with friends, her rebellion and, underlying it all, her relationship with me, a constant throughout her life.
2000: Allen, Bel Air, Md. (Jack Radcliffe)
I wanted to photograph her in all her extremes, and to be part of these times in her life without judging or censoring. Only in this way would I have a true portrait of Alison.