This year I decided to make shooting more film a goal and joined a group of talented film photographers in a monthly film project, One Kid, One Roll, Once a Month. I may have cheated by capturing my daughter over a few days but in my defense she will not be home until the summer.
She is now in her third year of college. Some days I really can't wrap my head around that fact. Three years ago she graduated high-school ready to take on the challenges of leaving home, college and internships. She was ready. I walked around in a bit of a high that May. Then in August, days before flying with her to DC, I took note of the empty spaces in her room, the boxes and luggage filled to capacity, and I couldn't help feel a little sad. My first, leaving for college. I knew this day would arrive only I expected she would stay in State and we would see her more often. I didn't have one of those "where did the time go" feeling - I was grateful for all the late nights I stayed up listening to her stories, the constant driving her everywhere, and even the mother-daughter conflicts. Yes, all of it. During those days in DC, I watched her navigate the metro, show us around the city and noted how comfortable she felt in her new surroundings. I found myself in awe of my daughter as I have many times over the years.
The visits home have become fewer and far between with study abroad and summer internships claiming her time. During her recent visit I created these film portraits for me. Portraits of the young woman she has become, always confident, levelheaded, and a relentless drive to pursue her passions.
These will have to do until summer.
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(Canon AE1-P | Fuji 400h | The Find Lab)