Photography for me is about capturing moments. I find myself taking these pictures every day, with and without my camera. In that way, I have been taking photographs for as long as I can remember.
I have always been drawn to faces. The faces here are elementary school children. As an adult, I admire their ability to be themselves, to be spontaneous. Their energy and enthusiasm are contagious. As a parent, I am awed by flashes of their coming adulthood. Henri Cartier-Bresson spoke of the “decisive moment” that a photograph can capture. With these children, there is an “instant of recognition”, when they see my camera; they know that this moment will be captured.
I chose to show these images in black and white to let the faces speak for themselves. Without color, these faces are of today and everyday.