The Weight of Infinite Possibilities

Tracy L Chandler

2019 - 2021

They say growing up is hard to do. Adolescence is a period of great physical and psychological change. We contend with our own identity and future, whilst in the vulnerable state of emergence.

As I make these portraits I aim to be present with my subject yet their future and my past weigh heavy. I project the uncertainty of the world they inherit and am reminded of my own coming of age in all its awkward intensity.

But I am also curious to look beyond the personal and at the representation itself. I am interested in seeing what it looks like to make a photograph, a fraction of a second, that references the mere surface of an extremely temporal experience in human development.

We try to hold on to something so fleeting, but how can any one instance hold any truth in the face of such rapid change? How can a portrait reveal the depth of a character-in-the-works and the multitude of options before them? I dont think it can but I try just the same.

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