The photographer Amy Powell was 20-years-old when her half-sister Erica was born; she photographed her mother as she gave birth, and she cut Erica’s umbilical cord with her own hands. In her series Erica & I, Powell examines her much-younger sister for traces of her own girlhood memories. 



In the moving series, she lays out the puzzling and quiet moments of growth that are so often excluded from the family photo album. In one image, Erica stands quite literally in her sister’s shadow, wiping her face playfully before Amy’s concentrated and reverent lens. 



Erica’s exploration of her emerging womanhood lends itself to Amy’s self-reflective gaze, and the images oscillate between childhood’s warm securities and cautious ventures into the outside world. In one image, Erica revels in a post-bath child’s pose, her hair lazing haphazardly across her face; in another, she dares to look beyond her room and out a window, setting her gaze against that of her doll. The tension between play and maturation, between Amy’s own lens and her sister’s eye, result in magical photographic moments that reveal the complexities of girlhood and family. Take a look, and let us know what you think in the comments!



Thanks to Feature Shoot

Images via Feature Shoot/Amy Powell

Tagged in: sisters, portraiture, Photography, girls, family, erica and i, childhood, amy powell   

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