The Thread in the River


We enter ‘the river’ when we are born, and leave it when we die.

Our lives consist of myriad experiences, each influenced by circumstances and surroundings. All the while, a current pulls and pushes us inexorably forward, as echoes of our past become part of the water of life that surrounds us.

Over the past four decades, I have photographically studied my family’s evolutionary development as it has grown in size and complexity. Out of this has emerged a multi-faceted psychological portrait of us as a group and as individuals. Who are we at different ages? How well do we know ourselves? In what ways do we connect with one another? This ongoing visual project seeks to answer these questions.

The five individual series that currently comprise this project are:


The Wind Telephone
The Primitive Streak
Twelve Summers
Unearthing the Roots
Senior Year