Elementary Vision

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.