Mother and Child

Evelyn's mother Alicia assists in Evie's baptism

I took several photos of Evelyn D’s baptism, but I liked this one best because while the main elements of the scene are identifiable, the purest point of focus is mother Alicia’s face, which is suffused with a look of love and concentration.

Of course, Evie is not an afterthought in this image, nor is her oldest brother, Ethan, who, if you ask me, has one of the best seats in the house.

Incidentally, I mean no sacrilege in this comparison, but it was hard for me not to see similarities in the expressions of Michelangelo’s Mary and Alicia. Though the circumstances in Michelangelo’s Pieta are vastly different from those at Evie’s baptism, both mothers exude a sense of calm that is striking to me.

Click here to see Michelangelo’s Pieta, which is housed in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

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