When my daughter Alison was born, in the tradition of a new parent, I began to photograph her, initially in a separate and private body of work. However, in the process of documenting Alison's growth, I developed a passionate interest in human relationships and capturing intimate moments in the lives of family and friends. This affected my photography in a profound way. Rather than the isolated subjects of my earlier work, I became interested in the strength of relationships, oftentimes using personal environments to amplify those conditions.


The significance of these pictures emerges in retrospect. 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. 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.


2012 Alison and Allan. Performing. Occoquan

'74 Susan, Pregnant, Cape Cod

'75 Alison's Birth Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

'75 Baby Alison #1, Cardiff, Md

'75 Baby Alison 4 Cardiff, Md

'75 New Home, Cardiff, Md

'75 Alison and Susan, Backpack, Mason-Dixon Line, Md

'76 Alison, Self Portrait with Alison Cardiff, Md

'77 Alison Cape Cod

'78 Alison in Florida

'80 Alison Swimming in New Hampshire

'81 Alison, Angry Moment

'82 Alison and Dodie, Cow PastureWS

'82 Alison Ballerina, Bel Air, MD

'83 Alison and April, Columbia, Md

'83 Alison, Delray Beach

'84 Alison Braiding Barbie, Studio Bel Air, MD

'84 Alison at Home, Cardiff, MD

'84 Alison Suzuku Practice 2

'84 Alison with bicycle, Columbia, MD,

'84 Alison and Christie, Alison's 9th BirthdayWS

'84 Alison with new doll house, Columbia, MD

'82 Alison and Dodie.Cecil

'86 Alison on deck, Cardiff, MD

'86 Alison, Piano Columbia Md

'87 Alison and Julia at the pool, Bel Air, MD2

'87 Alison at Stans Street,MD

'87 Alison, Bethany Beach, Del

88 Alison First Solo FlightWS

'88 Alison somewhere in VA

'88 Alison Penn Station

'89 Alison Medallion Baltimore Md

'89 Alison Near Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant NH

'89 Alison in Quebec, Ca

'90 Alison, Driving Lesson, Columbia MD

'90 Alison Caught Smoking, Baltimore, MD

'91 Alison and Kelly, Deck 2, Baltimore, MD

'91 Alison and Virgini, Baltimore, MD

'91 Alison and Kelly, Bedroom, Baltimore, MD

'91 Alison after a bath, Cardiff, MD

'91 Alison and Kelly Laughing, Baltimore, MD

'92 Alison  and Bean Daily Grind, Baltimore, MD

'92 Alison and Brian, Columbia, MD

'92 Alison on the way to Arizona

'92 Alison phone, Baltimore, MD

'92 Alison Arcosanti AZ

'93 Alison, Susan and Hazen.Columbia.MD

93 Alison at Rotisourie, Baltimore Md

93 Alison,  Provincetown Ma

'94 Alison Ireland

'94 Alison in Dublin, Ireland, 1994

95 Alison Shaved Head Columbia, MD,

'95 Alison and Josh In Car, Baltimore, MD

Alison and David Against the Backdrop Bel Air Md 1998

'99 Alison Front Door, Aberdeen, MD

'99 Alison, Laundromat, Aberdeen, MD

Basie, Alison and Hazen  Occoquan, VA,  2001

2001 Alison wedding dress, Baltimore, MD

2000 Alison Hose Occoquan Va

2001 Alison and Allen on Porch, Aberdeen, MD

Alison, Allen and Hazen in Truck Occoquan Va 2001

2001 Alison, Self Portrait, Occoquan, VA

Alison and Allen Occocoquan, VA, 2001

Alison Alexandria Va 2002

2003 Alison at Home

Alison on Porch 06-2003

Alison Early Heat Wave 5-2004 2004

Alison and Allen Porch Occoquan Va2005

2006 Alison at Kitchen table, Occoquan, VA

Alison, Basie and Allen Playing 2007

Alison in Tunnel Cas Cais Portugal 2010

2010 Alison and Allan, Breakfast Cafe, Portugal

Alison Kitchen Occoquan Va 8-2011

2015 Alison and Allen Performing

Alison Singing in the Night Garden Baltimore Md 5-2015BW

Alison Hugs the Bride Melissa's Wedding 11 Baltimore Md 7-2016

© 2014 Jack Radcliffe

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