Barely Different | And The Intended Meaning

In the fast pace of our world today, messages are skewed. The ideas and work of an individual cannot be accurately translated through a short article…especially when the intention of a publication is not in line with the individual. Misquotes, added ideas, wrongful representation of lives…all of this can come about when you share your story with the world. It happens on large and small scales everyday, but on both it’s the same. Your life looks much different.

This week I experienced all of the feelings that come from a body of work going viral. Images that are close to me. That represent only a fraction of a second in our lives. That do not accurately depict who we are as individuals, because in reality, that fraction of second is strung together with others. They make up minutes, and days, and years. The images are the tiniest glimpse. Our life can not be translated through them. Some are candid, while others a collaboration between my children and me. All are made with the purpose of either preserving details, making a piece of art, or capturing real connections.

Not a single image was made to show the world anything. They were not created out of a desire to show similarities, despite differences. All of my children are different in appearance. We’re all very different indeed.

But through revisiting past images, I saw a similarity in my children that bloomed from deep roots. A growth in unity that’s bound their souls and created connection, and a great understanding of one another. Our intentions are to show the world love through actions, not images. The images are art. To me, many do in fact show strong love and unity through the slivers that they are, but it’s because I know the context of their making. That sense of unity is not stronger or more important because of the color of their skin. No…what’s amazing about it, is the fact that they were born on separate sides of the world. They have different birth mothers. They’re amazingly unique individuals with personalities opposite to one another. But despite these differences, I see so much similarity in these fractions-of-a-second. And that similarity is rooted in their souls. A deep connection grown from love. It’s no surprise they’ve become so close. And the way they candidly mimic one another is beautiful to our family.

Yes, to our family. The reason I pick up my camera everyday. They’re for us. The world has shown interest in their connection. But it’s also art. A series based on the similarities I see in 1/100th of a second. When the whole body of work is in one place it is much more visible. And if not to everyone…it is to us. To the ones it was created for.

Thank you to those who have shared similar stories of connection and love. Although these images are not created based on adoption, it is indeed very close to our hearts. We love hearing how others have grown their families in a similar way.

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21 Responses to Barely Different | And The Intended Meaning

  1. Sheila says:

    Anna, your picts from the project barely different are really amazing! Congrats !!!!

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  3. Nicol says:

    Love the one where they are holding hands. Their tiny fingers are too cute. My sister is my dearest friend. You can feel their love for each other.

  4. Patty Freeman says:

    My favorite is the one where your older daughter is kissing her sisters head!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Your art is amazing! Thank you for Sharing

  5. Greta says:

    How did you do it? The essence of love and sisterhood captured in these images. I cried because I always longed for a sisterly bond like this, beautiful beyond words. I smile because these pictures are just divine, so much emotion you can almost touch it! Bravo!!!!!

  6. Stephanie says:

    Absolutely amazing captures. This is love.

  7. As a mom of three young girls, your images and words perfectly depict a sisterly bond and relationship… works of art indeed.

  8. Christine says:

    Wow. Just wow. Beautiful images and a beautiful intro.

  9. Love. Pure, in its truest way.
    There is nothing more to say…

  10. Ch says:

    La beauté de cette complicité m’en donne les larmes aux yeux ! Vous avez 2 filles superbes et ces magnifiques photos montrent absolument tout l’amour qu’elles se portent… C’est juste magnifique, bravo!

  11. DaDiva says:

    What a wonderful way to showcase what Love & Family are all about. Many Blessings to you and yours!

  12. cherryl ann campbell says:

    I just love these pics .Blessings ,health and strenghth to your family

  13. Cathy says:

    May God continue to bless your heart and your family. Those pictures reflect LOVE. I will tell you this: ” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. Jeremiah 29:11

  14. Tamera says:

    These are absolutely lovely. You have a wonderful style and your daughters’ connection really shines through. What a treasure these images are! Keep up the great work! (P.S. Your children are beautiful!)

  15. Geanine Hodges says:

    So Lovely! Any contributing anything negative, lives in a negative world. That is their problem!

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  17. LaQuita says:

    The most beautiful representation of what we humans should all be like! These pictures are inspirational! Thanks for sharing.

  18. Jones says:

    I have three biological sisters and I am not close to any of them. It just proves that family is more than blood.

  19. Serena says:

    Well said, Anna. I like that your beautiful work is being seen, but it’s frustrating to see the skewed words that are going along with it. I love the one with them sitting by the ferns, and the one of them holding hands has been my favorite since I first saw it. 🙂

  20. Sarah says:

    Two souls brought together to dance through life with one another… its a beautiful thing, and to be able to capture their love for eachother through a string of images is touching.

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