frame: 745 x 620 x 38 mm
Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Mapplethorpe took a number of photographs of the children of friends and acquaintances. In them he emphasised their innocence and lack of self-consciousness. Unlike his portraits of grown-ups with their studied postures, he preferred casual and natural poses. Here he captures the totally natural contrapposto of the young girl, as she leans with the top part of her body against the wind that is blowing her hair across her face. Her legs lean in the opposite direction.