Today is my little sister's 18th birthday. She's not so little anymore, she's an adult! Many of you know that for the past 10 years I have been photographing her as part of a project called Micaela Maria. Micaela was born when I was 10 years old, and at the time I was the youngest of 3 boys. Her arrival completely changed the dynamic of our family, and as the youngest and only girl she has not only become the focus and adoration of her three older brothers, but also changed the course of my parents' future... now nearing retirement age with a teenager in the house. For most of her life, Micaela has lived in a different continent than me and my brothers. She has spent most of her life in South America with my parents, while we attended college and worked in the US. Watching her grow from afar is difficult, and even though we Skype and talk several times a week, those moments together in the flesh are always very special. For me making these photographs has evolved into a way bring permanence to those memories, to create an archive of her life that can continue into adulthood, and hopefully forever. It's a way for me to cope with the distance as I watch her grow and mature, and become a woman in her own right.
So in honor of her 18th birthday [and in an effort to combat the laziness that has made me put off scanning for over 6 months] here are some images over the years, and a few new scans made this morning, mostly taken around christmas time 2013.