After my husband and I had our daughter in 2005, we went on a journey to find a perfect place to raise a family. We moved from New York to Maui, Tokyo, Shanghai, Santa Monica and ended up in Leucadia, a beach town in Southern California.
We have experienced a miscarriage and a still birth in this new destination. I picked up a camera to spend the first and last night with my second daughter. It was a difficult process to let her go. If I didn't have a camera, I don't know how I survived the night.
The series of photographs,"Close your eyes, make a wish." is a collection of fragmentary memories from 2005 to 2014. I kept going back to the same group of people to document their lives. “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” I often think of this quote from Søren Kierkegaard.
When I was little, I asked my grandmother what she was praying everyday in front of the altar. She said she wished family's wellness. I thought it was such a small and ordinary wish. Now I understand how she felt. I don't have a prayer like my grandmother but instead I look through a lens and keep capturing moments of our lives.