This is dedicated to a woman I admire for so many reasons. The only way I can say it here is that she liked me from the get-go & trusted me in a way a woman & a mother trusts another woman. She completely included me in the family she had made. I'll never know what she thought entirely, or what it was like to be her, but I know she grew to love me & I loved her because she didn't hide. She let people in. And that, I think, is what will resonate.
(Photo Taken In 2004, Wells' House, Mt. Tabor)
-Kodak 400 TX-
I met Neeley & Doug in 2001 after I responded to an ad in The Oregonian seeking a nanny for their two-year-old daughter. At first, I reminded Neeley of her cousin, then later, like I could have been her step-child from a previous marriage. For almost three years, I cared for Dillon two days a week from 8 am-6 pm & she was rambunctious but so daring & I loved her for her untethered ways. She was a boisterous kid but never fussy & rarely cried cause she was tough as nails. She liked all sorts of food & hot-Mama drinks, playing hide & seek, walking Lobo to the park & running around like a banshee busting through doors singing & yelling. I used to make her run laps around the tennis court as I clapped & shouted her on so that afterward she would take a blessed two-hour nap. She loved me back & called me TT. After that, everybody did.
As time forces us to think new thoughts & look reality in the face, to take our odysseys & return home, I see that caring for people comes in many forms. It's straight-forward but so challenging, concrete yet totally abstract, familiar, comfortable & also strange, scary. Just like a wonderfully wild child.
I love you Dill, Neeley & Doug! Thanks also, for taking care of me.
I (or others) shot the photographs here during the specific months & years listed using black & white films in 35 or 120 mm manual cameras, polaroid & digital cameras. For the black & whites, I developed the film & made prints in a traditional wet darkroom.
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