Julia is an ongoing documentary portrait project about my niece as she grows up in a middle class suburban environment in Middletown, NY. Julia is a healthy thirteen-year old girl full of creativity and drama. I've been photographing her regularly every few months since she was about three years old, and I plan to continue to photograph her as long as she allows me to. I’m interested in capturing the spirit of a fleeting child’s world and how American cultural influences are shaping her character. She reminds me of myself in a lot of ways.
In 2013, when Julia was just shy of her tenth birthday, her mother (my sister) passed away quickly from breast cancer that had spread to her bones. I began my Sisters Project in August 2016, almost to the day of the third anniversary of her death.
My sister's goal was to instill confidence in Julia to believe in herself and follow her dreams, and also to influence the positive self esteem of other girls as well. Renee had a great influence on the girls in her community through her work as the Regional Director of the Girl Scouts in her area, as well as creating an active Girl Scout troupe in her town.