This is the story of a little boy--a four year-old bundle of chocolate cuddles and exuberance. It is the story of a third born, left on school days with only a baby sister and preoccupied mama for companions. Though his mama loves him passionately, sometimes she struggles to connect with him. She doesn't always understand why. This is the story of a mama trying to connect with her third born through a tool she often uses to process her world: the camera. As she seeks to see her son more intentionally through the lens of God's incredible design in her boy, she photographs him as he is; not as she hopes for him to become.
And so one morning she photographed dailyness from his perspective, hoping to see him and the connection they are building slowly, day by day.
In a sliver of time, this is what she found.*
*Yes, I am the "she," and perhaps I am being too vulnerable here. But I believe in the beauty of stripping away pretenses and embracing the wonder of real. I think only then can we grow for the better of ourselves and those we love. One of my hopes for this year is to embrace honesty and expose my humanity. In fact, that is part of my vision for my photography, and I hope to make that more clear in time. My vision for life (and photography) has been for some time to "carry the wonder," and i realize now that in order to do this, I/we must strip away pretenses.
Only then can the wonder change us, because it is real.