When I Grow Up


William was much younger when he first sat before the J.Ridout lens. Now he’s 5 and a half — and William is a fireman. He has a fireman room. His favorite show is Emergency on Netflix (yes, the original 1970’s show). His uniform is kept by his bed, at the ready, just in case. When we talk about fire safety, we have to remind him NOT to put on his fire gear if there’s a real fire! His mother is sure he’s going to grow up to be a fireman, and if he does, we’ll make another portrait just like this in 25 years or so.

The bear is William’s long time “Friend” and marks William’s gradual transition through childhood… (or he just rescued Bear; we’re not sure which is correct).


April 2016

  • 26″ x 35″
  • Mixed Media on Canvas
  • Renaissance Collection
Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.Lady Bird Johnson, Former First Lady of the United States