Bwphotoweb

Every­day Photos

After discov­er­ing impres­sion­ist painters when I was four­teen, I decided to become an artist. It didn’t take me long to realize, however, that I lacked any ability to create with my hand what I pictured in my mind. Soon after seeing an exhibit of photographs of the Farm Secu­rity Admin­is­tra­tion (FSA), my mother gave me my first camera.

As a teenager, I became inter­ested in the snap­shot as art. Photographs of my family as a girl, and then as a mother, were the focus of my camera. I spent five years at home with my three chil­dren, observ­ing their growth through the eye of my lens. There were many days that I strug­gled to find value in just hanging around with my kids and observ­ing their world.

My three boys are no longer little. Leo is off to college in the fall, Sam, to high school and Charlie is tran­si­tion­ing to middle school. I was fortu­nate to be able to follow them to Waverly, and to continue to docu­ment their lives and the lives of other chil­dren at Waverly. As they age, and the parent­ing climate of more, faster, sooner, accel­er­ates, my photographs remind me of the creativ­ity in their every­day learn­ing. I invite you to be reminded of all that is extra­or­di­nary in the lives of our chil­dren at Waverly. Take a moment.