YOU & I, 2009-2000
Since 2009, a year after moving to Canada, I’ve been capturing the life of my children as a way to understand how they grow, who they become, and what the elements are that have informed their individual personalities. I don’t follow a chronological order with these photographs, but rather record mundanities of their everyday life, a variety of phases and moments of environments, traces, temporal fragments, gleams of innocence, sadness, and joy, their interactions, interests, and personalities. This has become a way to study their connection to place, present and past, the presence of their roots, how they have been growing, and who they are becoming.
Growing up, we question our path, sometimes without words or showing any facts. We change, belong, and adapt, sometimes feeling misplaced or unrooted. After 10 years of living in this territory, it still feels somehow new to me. As my children get older, this body of work is a constant and evolving way of searching for answers; a process that makes me doubt the rational and emotional decisions made to inform their paths. I invite the viewer to interpret the reading of these images, without giving away the meaning they have for me as an author and father. Photography, in this case, becomes a way to channel feelings that provides a direction to move along.