Every summer for the last 30 years my father has rented the same house on Cape Cod for 3 weeks in august.
We all convene from our various corners of the world to see who’s doing what and how the respective children have grown over the last year. Cape Light is indeed as magical as legend holds. But what may be more powerful still is the state of mind that eventually takes over after a few days, whereupon everyone, individually and in their own time, discovers that all the crazy details and responsibilities fo their respective lives, no longer matter, and least not for a few more days. All that stuff that was making me so crazy before I got on the plane, is gone.
There is a quietness to the Cape that I’m not sure exists for me anywhere else. And now I have a photographic chronology of my family that is far more intimate than I ever would have thought to consciously create. Every year it’s the same: pack less and which cameras will I bring? Then I get on the plane and wait for all the anxiety of the past 12 months, to slip away.