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Posted by on Apr 30, 2010 in Families, Life, Photography | 3 comments

Friday Photo 25: Portrait of Youth

"Portrait of Youth" (c) Greg Pillhofer, 2006 & 2010 

Childhood by George William Russell

How I could see through and through you!
So unconscious, tender, kind,
More than ever was known to you
Of the pure ways of your mind.

We who long to rest from strife
Labour sternly as a duty;
But a magic in your life
Charms, unknowing of its beauty.

We are pools whose depths are told;
You are like a mystic fountain,
Issuing ever pure and cold
From the hollows of the mountain.

We are men by anguish taught
To distinguish false from true;
Higher wisdom we have not;
But a joy within guides you.


I love this picture of my daughter. It was taken over 4 years ago in Mauritius. She was practising her penmanship sitting at the desk in our hotel after a day on the beach.

I think the reason I like it so much is because she is captured so naturally and unaware of the camera. This was during the stage of her life that forced smiles, awkward poses and weird faces were the order of the day whenever a camera was pointed in her direction. I snapped this shot without her realising that the camera was in my hands at the time, and the result was this – my very favourite picture of my beautiful daughter in her innocent youth.

“Portrait of Youth” © Greg Pillhofer, 2006 & 2010
Original Capture: 28/03/2006, 16:36 – Prince Maurice Hotel, Mauritius
Canon EOS 350D | f/5 | 1/60 sec | ISO-400 | 100mm | Auto flash, red-eye


  1. It is a beautiful photograph Greg.

    Having seen the current version in the flesh, it's clear that time has only increased her beauty; inside and out.

    You have every right to be proud.

    Very proud.

    • Kind of you to say Cindy, thank you. I am the gruff exterior-puff pastry interior father type. She'll be the death of me I'm sure 🙂

  2. And whilst we're on the subject of portrait pictures, I'm liking your new gravatar shot!

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