The photographs in this series capture the essence of the teenage experience through authentic moments in these last fleeting days of my children’s adolescence. As I document these metaphorical memories, I also explore my conflicted feelings around their imminent departure from home and the knowledge that both our worlds will be shifting into new terrains. The work celebrates the last moments of innocence, and mourns the loss of naiveté – and proximity – that will change our mother-child relationship.
The choice of black and white medium and traditional darkroom printing allows me to express these conflicting emotions. The blown out areas and the deep shadows reflect the contradictory nature and intensity of my feelings.
Vestiges of my own southern childhood filter through in the choice of locations. These photographs illustrate my view of the universal timelessness of coming of age and its effects on family.
© Mary Anne Mitchell Photography