Lately, for some reason, I am acutely aware of the passage of time. Perhaps it is because my husband and I have three children in high school, and at that age, it hits you that in no time your beloved children will leave home and have their own lives. I cannot imagine not seeing them all the time! Or, perhaps, it is because this past year I have been watching my niece Anna grow. She was born on January 31, 2015 and is changing so fast. She is the eighth grandchild born to my parents and her next oldest cousin is eight years older. So, suffice it to say, we had forgotten what it is like to have a little baby around. She woke us all up and has been a joy to all who know her. Here she is at four points in her first year:
Anna, three months old.
Anna, six months old.
Recently I found myself missing medium format film, especially the black and white square 120mm film. So I acquired a twin lens reflex camera, called a Yashicamat G124. I used this same camera in college until I sold it in 2003. After 12 years using only digital cameras, I am slowly getting back into the swing of film. I will have a showing of prints at the Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery and Gift Shop next April. Here are some favorites from the past and from now. The next step will be getting back in to the darkroom.
Predjamske Grad in Slovenija, 1996.
“Slave Quarters” Charleston, SC 1997
“Soul Sisters” taken at a Gay Pride March in San Francisco in 1992.
“Musa” taken at Queen of Sheba restaurant in Chapel Hill, NC in 1996.
“The Farm” taken outside of Charlotte in 1991.
“Tito” taken in Croatia in 1996.
Mary Duke Biddle and Jim Siemans, in their Durham home, 1998.
Textile workers in Durham. 1998.
My son and his friends contemplating war. 2016.
Living Revolutionary War History Day, Hillsborough 2016.
Finally, I want to show you a few photos from some recent senior portraits. For me, senior portraits are a ritual every Spring. It is especially delightful to photograph young people whom I have watched grow up. Two examples from this Spring are Stephanie and Kathleen. Stephanie is actually my parents neighbor and we did her shoot in their Chatham County paradise. I have been photographing Kathleen’s family for many years. It was so special for me to spend the afternoon with her on her family farm and get to know all of her animal friends.