When I Was Little... I Thought I Could Fly


From 1986 though 1990, I photographed ten young girls—taking images of each girl several times each year—as they grew from late childhood into adolescence. These portraits attempt to celebrate this growth and examine the physical and emotional changes that occur in young women during this period of life, a period that can only be described as exhilarating and bewildering in the same breath. I like to think these photos capture this awkward yet captivating juxtaposition, as well as each girl’s essential and distinctive beauty.

Caitlin / Bubble
1986
Tish and Caitlin
1986
Caitlin / Halo
1987
Caitlin / Pool
1988
Caitlin
1990
Tish
1988
Marie Wearing Her Brother's Suit
1987
Marie
1989
Marie Behind Fence
1989
Kelly
1987
Chelsea / Star Mask
1987
Chelsea / Clay Mask
1987
Kathy / Apple Tree
1988
Kathy / Veil
1988
Jessica
1989
Eliza with Cat
1987
Eliza and Mark
1989
Eliza / Snake
1990
Molly
1989
Molly / Stained Glass Window
1989
Molly / 3 Dolls
1989