Oscar & Emmy Watch: Kids Play
OK, so I haven’t filed a column for several months. I won’t bore you with the reasons (unless you really want to know), but, off my own personal experiences, I am now qualified to ask this: Why do doctors suggest that they and the patient could benefit from a second opinion when they haven’t actually offered a first. There is no Dr. House in the real world, but I guess you knew that.
What there was this blisteringly hot day in Bridgehampton this past Saturday was one of America’s hottest photographers, Tamara Lackey, shooting two of America’s hottest actresses—2011 Emmy nominees Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU) and Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) —along with their families, other celebrities and a huge gathering of other attendees in a fun fund-raiser for the Children’s Museum of the East End.
Both Mariska and Edie are past Emmy winners (Edie for The Sopranos as well as Nurse Jackie, though exactly why Nurse Jackie is listed as a comedy series is something of a mystery to me).
In any event, on this day at least, there was no show-business talk. It was just Mariska, Edie, PBS cooking and lifestyle host Katie Brown, and lots of other parents joining the youngsters in the carnival-like fair, much of it provided by performers from the Big Apple Circus. And for photographer Tamara Lackey, whose work has appeared in Vogue, Town and Country and the TV series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and whose book and DVD, Tamara Lackey’s Capturing Life Through (Better) Photography™ has garnered rave reviews and who is host of a new web-based interview series titled reDefine, the event squared perfectly with her passionate commitment to charitable causes (she donated her services to the non-profit) and what she calls “her delight and satisfaction in capturing what is real and spontaneous in children.”
Yes, she succeeds at getting what wants and the proof is in the pictures. Two of the best that we’ve selected to run with this column—one of Mariska cradling her youngest of two children (we call this one BY YAWN’S EARLY LIGHT) and the other of Edie with her son and daughter, Anderson and Macy--- demonstrate that it’s artists like Lackey that allow the camera to isolate moments of transcendent joy and thus, have them endure forever.
photos by Tamara Lackey