Photo essay by Andi Schreiber
My photographs are about the experience of raising a family and living within the parameters of a domestic structure. Because I’m both physically and emotionally attached to where I am, I’ve chosen to make photographs that are close to home. They are a visceral response to what is here, right now.
When I was new to parenting, with two small children, I was somewhat lost creatively. I longed for subject matter with a clear story line. At the time I was casually photographing my children. Eventually I realized that I was exactly where I needed to be; that this space and time were meaningful and worthy as subject matter. It took years before I realized that a body of work had formed. It evolved for me as I allowed myself to embrace the idea of a looser and messier narrative in my photographs.
I’ve come to understand my children, both of whom are now teenagers, through documenting their everyday. I’m very blessed to have such generous subjects. They’re growing up and breaking boundaries, emerging into the people they need to become. My photographs are a reminder of what existed and yet, at the same time, they allow me to let go and embrace the present. Time will not stand still, however, these photographs are lasting. They have become our shared memories and will likely outlive us all.