Family has always been a central theme in my work. I’ve been photographing my own family for nearly four decades now, with my 8” x 10” camera. The woman I shot for Showing, for example, was my niece and godchild, Julie.
So, the purpose of this shoot was actually twofold. First, I was there to contribute to Showing. I wanted to capture the look and feel of a pregnancy in academia. But also, on a more personal level, it was just another photo of Julie, someone whom I’ve been photographing for her entire life. The Showing photo is just one part of that continuum.
When I was first contacted about Showing, I knew I’d have to work quickly, because Julie was already quite far along. I drove four hours up to Ithaca College, where Julie teaches in the Department of Occupational Therapy. I managed to arrive just before graduation. Seeing her in her doctoral robe left me brimming with pride, but that’s not exactly unusual when it comes to my nieces and nephews.
1986, © Andrea Modica
1988, © Andrea Modica