Our son Skye is the curious sort, always the first to look under a rock for critters unknown. One of my great pleasures has been seeing that curiosity take root and then creating opportunities for it to grow. For our family that’s meant a healthy double dose of time in the outdoors and appreciation for the arts.
Here in Seattle, free time finds our family kayaking down the industrial Duwamish River, foraging for morels or chanterelles in the Cascade Mountains, or experiencing a James Turrell light installation. As a photographer who typically uses a large-format camera for much of my own work, I’ve happily turned to my iPhone to make pictures of Skye’s day-to-day adventures.
I look at these pictures of Skye, in the midst of wonder, learning, and growth as a sort of inheritance to give him. I still thumb through my own childhood photographs, occasionally stumbling upon a forgotten memory or two. Perhaps one day, Skye will look back at these pictures and remember the day he heard an owl for the first time and looked up into the branches of the tall trees above.