I started this project in response to my son's rapid transformation due to the onset of puberty. I photographed the boys in Ireland and Russia between 9 and 14 years of age, producing portraits documenting their lives as they move from boyhood into adulthood.
The realisation of the boys' inevitable development into young adults forces me to accept the process of ageing. Time is an essence of this work. The way it slips and escapes our grasp is overwhelming. As much as this work represents the boys at the threshold of their emerging adolescence it also speaks about my emerging identity as a mother of a man.