Maintaining a close relationship with one’s children is more difficult than ever before. Not only are people’s lives hectic—filled with schoolwork, career ambitions, and extracurricular commitments—but the generational gap is wider than at any other point in history. Children today are growing up in a digital world that is vastly different from the one in which their parents grew up. Rather than play dates, it is characterized by social media; smartphones, rather than Barbie dolls and toy cars, describe it. As a result, comprehending the stresses our children face, their goals, and even the language they use to express themselves can feel like a steep learning curve. How can we enter their world and share in the events that shape their development?
We lay the groundwork for common interests, cooperation, and teamwork when we figure out what brings us together. We learn not only how to collaborate with others, but also why we collaborate with others: it’s enriching and contributes to unexpected, sometimes stunning outcomes. It’s a journey full of unforeseen twists and turns as ideas grow on top of each other, resulting in a final product that everyone can be proud of.
Take, for example, this stunning family photography from Nicosia. Eleonora and her family have made it one of their artistic practices to photograph their family (this is the second time now that they have worked with me). Each shoot is a collaborative collaboration between myself, the elements of nature, and the family’s inspiration and energy.
Each day is a new beginning as long as we have the love of family, as seen in these photographs. Over everything else, that is the lesson that families learn as they work together to build.
Venue: Klirou Village in Nicosia District