On Seeing, A Journal #382
The Growing Up of Jimmy Michael Stevens
July 24, 2020
In some cases, the exploration began before they were born when I made portraits of their pregnant mothers, published in WITH CHILD.
My enthusiasm for this project and curiosity about the mysterious process of “growing up” has not abated over the years. The participants are not kids any more; my affection, admiration and respect for them has only grown. The annual portrait and diary sessions have continued up to march when the Pandemic prevented studio photo-shoots. We will resume, eventually.
I have watched them grow, and captured how they’ve changed through the years. Some of this work has appeared in museum exhibitions, magazines and two large scale monographs. But the majority of what I’ve called “Growing Up” remains unpublished.
After following these children, many on a yearly basis, into their twenties, I am ready to publish, to show through the portraits I’ve made and the words they have written, how they have grown into a remarkable group of young adults. The participants contributed significantly and worked at being as honest as possible in writing their annual diaries. The stories they tell and the emotions they express are revealing, heartening, delightful.