“The Little Match Girl” from “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”

“The Little Match Girl”

This image was one of the audience favorites at the art show opening.  The beautiful child pictured here is Sadie, whom I have photographed since she was a baby. My, has she grown!

This story has long fascinated me, even though it is most certainly a dark story. When I was little I had a book containing this story, and I can still remember the illustration of the little match lighting up the entire street. I interpreted the story differently, but hope I did Hans Christian Andersen’s wonderful moral story justice. The quote I used, although very sad, is definitely not the tragic part of this tale.  If you have ever read the story you know that in the end the little match girl goes on to her heavenly reward, comforted by her grandmother’s spirit. But I was not so macabre as to illustrate that part!

In this image, I love the way Sadie is looking through the door. I think she was in reality a little apprehensive because it was dark in my studio! I also love the way the shadows were on the wall behind her.  I was very proud of the way this one turned out!

My 12×12 book, “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”, which contains the entire exhibition including the beautiful accompanying story pages, is available for purchase online here in hardcover and softcover.

 If you would like to view the entire exhibit in person, you can visit  The Bank of Jackson on Oil Well Road, second floor, until May 31.

Little girl with match by window, Jackson TN children's photographer

Quote from "The Little Match Girl"

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