Mothers and Daughters

 

A portrait series taking a deeper look at the complex relationship.

Each set are being asked the same questions.

1. What is a quality or aspect of your personality you think you share?

 

2. What is an aspect of your personality you think is most different?

 

3. What is something you learned from your mother or daughter that you could not have learned from anyone else?

Katie and Hazel

Katie on her daughter, Hazel

 

1. We are both always observing. We watch people, we notice little details, and we are always trying to figure out how things work and how to make sense of what we’ve seen. For instance, someone dropped some kind of food on the sidewalk we take to Hazel's school. This thick red puddle pocked with shards of glass has been in the same spot for a week. Every day, we walk by it and revisit the question of whether it's ketchup or pasta sauce, why the person dropped it, and how long it will take before it finally gets washed away by rain or time. We have a friendly wager going. 

 

2. Hazel is brave in a way that I really am not, and definitely was not when I was her age. She volunteers for the school talent show and stands up to bullies and makes her voice heard. She picks very bold fashion choices that are totally her own. She just has a really remarkable sense of self. I love it! I’m so inspired by her and I enjoy watching her be in the world.

 

3. I’ve learned about patience and time and how bodies change and hold memories. 

 

Hazel on her mom, Katie

 

1. One thing I think I share with mom is that I love parties and so does mom. And that I love to play with mom in the park and mom likes to play with me in the park.

2. Mom really likes going to late night parties and going to watch movies in movie theaters with her friends and I prefer parties that are in the middle of the day otherwise I get tired and I don't like movie theaters. I prefer seeing movies on the TV at home.

3. One thing that I've learned from my mom is how to talk and walk when I was a baby. And how to type.

She has a really remarkable sense of self

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