Sometimes inspiration comes in places that you aren’t expecting. At the end of last year I was thinking about the fact that all too often, my children’s lives aren’t documented in the way that I’d like. With the advent of Instagram I’m at least breaking out my iPhone, and that’s been a challenge that I’ve enjoyed. But looking through the lens of a camera was the way that I first saw life from an artistic perspective. I remember taking my fingers as a child, thumbs and index fingers extended, to create a rectangle so that I could literally capture it through a “lens.” Using my phone camera has always kind of felt like cheating.
I love to see the work that other photographers are pursuing and a few weeks ago, I stumbled onto You Are My Wild. It’s a beautiful ongoing project photographing the love affair of several photographers with their children (including the very talented Portland-area photographer Shelby Brakken). I was immediately captivated. Over the next several hours I watched my children and had some incredibly tender moments observing them. Later that night, after I tucked them into bed, I got my camera out and put it in a spot in our living room where I knew I would see it throughout each day. I’m pleased to say that it’s been seeing a lot more use. I’m going to try to post once a week so that you can see a little more into our lives. But more importantly to me, our family’s legacy will become much more complete in a tangible way that I’ve missed so much from my earlier life.