It began with my own query – who was I then, who am I now? How have I aged? A scary question. I compared two portraits: one taken at age twenty-two the other, a recent self portrait fifty years later. I was shocked by the differences, but then recalled the insecurity, remoteness and confusion of my younger self – and recognized the determination, toughness and humor of my present, stronger self. This was it, who I became, who I am.
I expanded my photographic inquiry to assemble snapshots of other close family members in both their youth and maturity, pairing each to see their changes and ponder their fulfillment. By positioning their paired portraits around my own, I see time and experience moving forward for all of us. And they are attached to me, surround me. Their faces, and my own, reveal the passage of time together – whether from parents decades ago, or children and grandchildren who will mature in decades to come.
I asked several others to participate. They have entrusted me to make portraits of themselves placed beside one from youthful years, surrounded by family members in young and mature pairs, assembling all into family portraits through time.