being underwater

When I was but a young little Meredith, one of the most magical places for me was my Grand Bob’s house.  Once a week, I would get to spend the day with him and his housekeeper, Nina, who was a beloved family friend.  Both of them are two my favorite people in the whole wide world.  Especially because they would let me run around the house, making blanket forts and costumes out of table cloths.  I have so many stories and cherished memories from that time…I could go on for hours.  But i have a point here, so I will try my best to get to it.

In my grandfather’s bathroom, he had this huge sunken bathtub.  For a kid of about 4 or 5, it was like a swimming pool.  It even had steps!  I would beg & plead to be allowed to take a bubble bath.  And, for I was very persistent even back then, Nina would finally give in and load the tub full of warm water and bubbles.  It was heaven.  I would pretend that I was a princess or perhaps a My Little Pony.  I would make a giant beard of bubbles and a shampoo mohawk.  I would go completely underwater and see how long I could hold my breath, because by this time I was pretending to be a mermaid.  All too soon, the water would get cold & my fingers were beyond pruney.  Nina would coax me out of the tub with a giant fluffy towel and promises of chocolate milk.  It worked every time.


As an adult, not much has changed. I still live for a nice, warm bubble bath.  Only i’ve traded in the pretend of being a princess or a my little pony for a good book and a glass of wine.  And yes, I still make a shampoo mohawk complete with a beard made of bubbles.  Sadly, the bathtub at my condo is seriously lacking.  But trust me when I say that if I ever run into a windfall of money, that will be one of the first upgrades I make.  A big, white, claw foot tub.  Deep enough that I can soak in water up to my chin.  Or better yet, completely submerge and see how long i can hold my breath…because while I’ve given up being a princess or a my little pony, I will never stop pretending I’m a mermaid.


A huge “THANK YOU!” to my beautiful friend Allison for being an exceptional model and helping me bring this concept shoot to life.  And for having a most enviable big, white, claw foot tub.

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Greetings! I'm Meredith Black, an Oklahoma City based photographer. Any time I'm behind the camera lens, I'm a happy camper!

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