The jury is out on family portraits. On one hand, you are compelled to document your kids in all their cuteness. On the other, you can’t imagine actually hanging an eight-by-ten glossy on your wall — one down from the Murakami and two over from the Damien Hirst.
Photographer Holger Thoss has the answer. His dreamy, large-scale panoramas exist at the intersection of family portraits and fine art.
Thoss spends the day with you, shooting a slew of candids and capturing the essence of your kids (not just their best smiles). Then he combines the shots into a seamless, panorama chockful of cool moments and interesting (often-overlooked) details.
The final product is a framed, gallery-worthy archival print that will satisfy your inner art critic and warrant prime wall space long after your brood has traded crayons for car keys.
We have reached a verdict.
NYC Wildflower Week’s Baby Bugs
What: Explore the native flora of an urban garden with free hands-on activities, stories, and songs.
Why: Each kid goes home with a plant.
When: Fri., 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.
Where: Union Square Park, Native Plant Garden, 15th St., at Union Square W. Register online at nycwildflowerweek.org.
The Wizard of Oz
What: The classic tale, including an original score, enacted entirely with handcrafted marionettes.
Why: We’re not in Kansas anymore.
When: Thru Aug. 21. Sat. & Sun., 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.
Where: Puppetworks, 338 Sixth Ave., at 4th St., Park Slope. Call 718-965-3391 for reservations. Adults, $8; children, $7.
Cut Arts at Crewcuts
What: In honor of Mother’s Day, spend $100 or more and receive a one-of-a-kind silhouette portrait by scissor artist Karl Johnson.
Why: Your child is a masterpiece.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Hudson St.) & 3-5 p.m. (Madison Ave.); Sun., noon-2 p.m. (Madison Ave.) & 4-6 p.m. (Hudson St.).
Where: 50 Hudson St., b/t Thomas & Duane Sts. (212-587-3139); 1190 Madison Ave., at 87th St. (212-348-9803).
Photo: Holger Thoss