Opa Arie, 2013 © Chrissie Smolders
I've been in the United States for almost four months now. During this time I got married, found a cute house to live in, adopted a dog, and barely took any pictures. My thoughts have been so consumed with other things, it hasn't been a priority. Now, my need to be productive is slowly starting to return. Though I'm in the process of shaping a whole new project, first I need to wrap up my family photos. I opened the files a few times, but it's taken this long to be able to work with them without getting too emotional about not being able to be with my family.
My grandfather is slowly but surely dying; I won't be there for his final steps through life. Even though it wasn't spoken out loud, we both knew we weren't going to see each other again. This was why I made these photos before I stepped on the plane that took me so far away. I want to keep my memories.