In an instant, things can change or disappear or take on new meaning. That's what I love about photography - it's ability to grab a speck of time and preserve it. That one itty bitty moment, that 60th of a second is fleeting. But with a good combination of planning (or pure luck) and light, those instances of brevity can become photographs and end up outlasting even our very lives.
My children grew up in a flash. And now my grandchildren are starting to do the same. Photographing my grandkids has become an important part of my work now, and I know that's partially because I can stretch out my moments with them and make them last for years.
My granddaughter's hand and shadow, an image I made this past weekend, is a perfect example of my desire to hold onto everything these precious children have to offer and to "extend" the all-too-brief time I spend with them.
Just like that, they'll be grown and on their own. I'll always have the pictures I've made to take me right back to a day like this one, for example, when my granddaughter and I were bouncing on her bed and laughing at the shadows we made on the wall as the sun moved in and from behind the clouds just outside her window.