I was 13 when I took my first photography class, and I quickly discovered my self-timer. Photography became a way to create my own reality. It was how I learned to have compassion for myself and what I’d been through. My power had been taken away from me, but I was able to take that power back by orienting myself in space. I controlled when the shutter went off. I put myself in the way of light.
I love kids because they’re so honest. While it can be difficult to get adults to express themselves in front of the camera, kids always do. They haven’t built up a wall yet. They aren’t afraid.