My First Best Friend
It all started...
Searching for a personal project, I was compelled to create a meaningful series of photographs.
It was January 2014, I was sitting in my office trying to think of a photographic project to drive out the winter doldrums (remember I was in New England at the time.) Out of the corner of my eye I noticed something falling off the shelf above my desk. It was an old photograph of my grandmother and her mother and I caught it before it fell. I realized right then and there that even though I had lived in a two-family house with my grandmother throughout my childhood, I did not have a special photograph of her and I together.
Inspiration struck! And I set out to do a photographic study of a grandparent and grandchild, focusing on the faces of the subjects and the connections they have to each other. I put out a casting call for subjects from the local area and had such an enthusiastic response that I had a waiting list. Over the course of two years 30 families were photographed, including grandparents that traveled from all over just to participate in these photo sessions. The beautiful and poignant artwork was exhibited at four separate shows at galleries and local businesses.
My original goal of this project was to capture that special relationship between grandchild and grandparent -- a bit of who they are in this point in time as well as the one-of-a-kind relationship between them.
Too often we wait until that ‘perfect moment,’ and many times that moment never comes. And sometimes, it's sadly too late.
Everyone deserves to have a beautiful, tangible photo that illustrates their relationships.
Once again, this project is calling out to me. I'm thrilled to announce that I'm bringing this special project to life in my new home in California. The first round of sessions will be held in the East Bay with additional locations throughout the US.
I've been approached to publish a book with the beautiful artwork resulting from these sessions.