A new family is up on the The Mixed Race Project.
I want to tell you about another reason why I was interested in doing this project – I wanted to document and photograph moms, families, dads and their homes just as they are. You know, “normal people”, not styled or staged in a way that make them appear unlike how they are in everyday life. In all of the photoshoots, I really did just drop in on these homes and start taking pictures. I gave loose instructions not to bother cleaning the house especially for the shoot or get dressed up in clothes that they wouldn’t normally wear on a weekend.
I know that at times we crave escapism and sometimes that manifests into leafing through highly stylized spreads of these beautifully designed homes that are inhabited by successful, stylish women and their equally stylish kids, however, to me that isn’t real. In reality, it’s a fantasy that many of us can’t attain or relate to. A cluttered kitchen with stuff on the counters is real. An unorganized pile of shoes. Moms in clothes that are believable on a Sunday morning, not in cocktail dresses or heels. Why do we not see more of these kinds of images? Why can we not celebrate the beauty in all families and homes? I hope that you too, can see the beauty in these families’ lives, as I discovered while photographing them.