After any death in a family, change follows. The challenge is how we will recover from such a deep hurt. Restructuring our lives is simply viewed, but not simply achieved. I am forever grateful to all those who took any part of this journey with us. Their encouragement and understanding removed a lot of the weight from our journey.
-Barbara Carrington. September, 2016.
In 2012, Alex lost his mother to cancer. He was nine years old. Barbara, Alex’s grandmother and primary caretaker since his birth, was left to cope with the loss of her daughter, along with assuming the responsibility of raising Alex on her own.
In summer of 2016, with the support and guidance of Atlanta Legal Aid’s Grandparent Adoption Project, Barbara adopted Alex and became his legal guardian.
As a photographer, my goal is to capture something truly personal: images that break through the surface to remind us that the destination can be a reward that validates the struggle of the journey. Barbara and Alex’s profound connection was clear from the moment I met them and my hope is that through these images we all can be reminded of how lucky we are to love and be loved, beyond the circumstances that life deals us.