her dresses from the small years

My ongoing project The Small Years attempts to encapsulate the feeling as our daughter's childhood slips away, that subtle sadness and nostalgia of watching as each stage ebbs—each fascinating, frustrating, fabulous stage—and knowing that it's never coming back. Over time as that feeling fades we revisit things we've held onto, trinkets and scrawls, photographs and movies, to remember, and realize once again the fragility and ephemerality and beauty of childhood.

Her Dresses, one series within The Small Years project, features small, delicate prints of my daughter's childhood dresses, rendered in subtle pale tones that are barely there, on thin, translucent Japanese paper that itself will wrinkle and buckle as it is handled, fragile and faded, like lingering ghosts of childhood memories.