Magdalena and Eliza
Maggie and Liza, born only nineteen months apart, inherit a world of rapid change, shifting societal expectations, and aggressive marketing. But they also live lives apart, spending their hours in our old farmhouse in rural conservative Virginia, the daughters of progressive Mennonites in the Shenandoah Valley. I’ve documented the lives of these my children since they were born, and I have watched, fascinated, as the young sisters have navigated the tension between worlds. Inquisitive and wonderstruck, lovers of the natural world, their imaginative lives sometimes incorporate the symbols and rituals of consumer culture, but often twist them to their own (often subversive, aesthetic, and humorous) uses.