A mother documents her son's first thirteen years through timeless black and white photographs and poetry. In the early years, images are hand printed 35mm photographs. Later, scans of color photos and digital images are converted and matched to the tone of the early works.
The poetry is personal and at the same time universal, touching on themes of love, time, growth and change. The author wrote intensively through a period of prolonged illness, this theme also showing up in the poems which question health and death.
Imagine 13 was primarily created as a gift to the author's son on his thirteenth birthday. However, the writing is a gift to other parents as well, raising a son, wondering all the things we wonder in this world.
I like to stand on my head and wait until I see things differently before proceeding. I spent a number of years in darkrooms with chemicals making art from pinhole camera images and large format negatives. I quite miss the smell of film and the feel of fiber paper. I guess you can count me in on those who say "Kids these days have no idea how easy they have it..." My poetry is personal; all poetry is. I am happy to share.
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