There’s something incredibly unique about the relationship between a grandparent and grandchild. Imagine that connection being captured for eternity. Wilton portrait photographer Nina Pomeroy has been fascinated with doing just that and her works on the grandparent/grandchild relationship will be exhibited in a new show called “My First Best Friend,” at the Ridgefield Library opening this weekend.

Pomeroy will showcase the subject in twelve framed portraits.

The exhibit is a study of a relationship between a grandparent and a grandchild. The style of the photographs are very reminiscent of traditional photography that was done long ago. The inspiration for the project was due to the fact that so many adults today never want to be photographed. The focus is really on the faces and the expressions, where all the photography is done in black and white, and its very contrasty and rich,” she explains.

Pomeroy’s staged a show similar to this exhibit last year. The show was so successful and well-received that she decided to do it again. She says that such images evoke an emotional meaning for everyone–those being photographed as well as those who look at the images.

“I asked the grandparents to bring an old photograph of themselves with a grandparent or with their grandparents, really any old photographs would do. That’s how I started this dialogue with them, because everyone loves to talk about old photographs that they have. It’s great, whether it elicits a specific memory of a person, or a memory of when that photograph was taken. That’s what really started it all.”

"I will admit, this is one of the most lovable grandfathers I've come across. You can see in his eyes that this little girl holds such a special place in his heart. Before I met her, he would talk about her all the time. He had photos of her on his desk and I just knew that they had to be one of the special pairs in my grandparent/grandchild study titled  - My First Best Friend.” --Nina Pomeroy

“I will admit, this is one of the most lovable grandfathers I’ve come across. You can see in his eyes that this little girl holds such a special place in his heart. Before I met her, he would talk about her all the time. He had photos of her on his desk and I just knew that they had to be one of the special pairs in my grandparent/grandchild study titled – My First Best Friend.”                       –Nina Pomeroy

Pomeroy wanted her photographs to have meaning, which is why she said she chose portrait photography over everything else. She loves to photograph nature and landscape on her own time, and also works on architectural projects too. But one thing that motivates her is something she never had the opportunity to capture when she was younger.

“A year ago, I was in my office, where I have shelves that hold an oval framed photograph of my grandmother and her mother. One day, I noticed out of the corner of my eye that the picture started to fall of the shelf , and I catch it, and I look at it. I realized that I don’t have any photographs of her and I together, and she really was my first best friend, which is the name of the show. That really was my inspiration, and from that moment on I wanted to do this.”

As the date approaches, Pomeroy reflects on why people should make every effort possible to capture these relationship images when they have the chance.

“I really hope that this exhibit brings to life the importance of these keepsake photographs of grandparents and grandchildren, and that people really think about doing photographs like this. There may not be a tomorrow, and it’s really all about seizing the moment, and I hope it brings to life the people that decide to do it.”

Pomeroy’s exhibit, “My First Best Friend,” will open at the Ridgefield Library on Saturday, June 6, 3-5 p.m.. For more information and other examples of Pomeroy’s work, visit her website.

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