thumbing through this month’s vanity fair, i found this photograph and can’t stop looking at it:
maybe it’s because gelsey kirkland is aging. her life story is fascinating. but mostly, it’s because this image looks like motherhood to me, especially the mothering of girls. the crone with all her experience, all the dances she’s already had. the transference of vitality to the young girl, getting ready to take off and do her thing. but the part that gets me most is the relationship between the two of them, all those complex emotions expressed in a single gesture. man, i love this picture. i’m going to put it on a t-shirt. and then get sued by the photographer.