Over the holidays I spent some time with family on the East Coast, and one of the things I wanted to do while I was there was shoot formal portraits of my parents. Like all of us, I have a lot of pictures of my parents but they’re all very casual. I wanted to make some real portraits, with an eye towards black and white prints, that would really capture them as they are. Yes, as my mother said when she saw them, “who are those wrinkly people?” – these photos show age. My parents are in their 70′s. They show character as well, and time, and travel, and a lifetime of experience. That’s what I really wanted to capture in these images.