Age | 18
Photographer| Lisa Uesugi
This is my mom Zan. She is a single mother of six and a very strong lady. I am proud of her because even though she made some wrong choices in her life, she is trying to make up for all the lost years with her children. I am proud to have the mother back that I have been missing in my life. I chose to photograph her because at this point in my life I feel like we are closer to each other than ever. When I am with her a lot of feelings run through me. Sometimes I feel like I am a little kid again because half of my childhood days were spent not living with her. I just feel like starting where we ended. My mother is sometimes like my sister, a sister that I can express my feelings and problems to, a sister that can provide a helping hand, a sister to give me the support I need to keep strong. I always wanted to tell my mother this but could never find the right words to express my feelings. “Mom, I am more than glad to have you back in my life trying your best to make things work. I love you!”
I am optimistic and unique.
I can be tough on the outside but soft on the inside.
I will be a psychologist for foster children and make a difference.
My photographer is my daughter who I call Darla. When she was a teenager, I can remember her being very responsible with her schoolwork and always helping with her siblings. She would always look out for her loved ones, including me. I like spending quality time with Darla; just hanging out, getting to know her and making up for lost time. I am so very proud of my daughter because she has become such a wonderful young lady. For all that I’ve put her through she has overcome many crises to get to where she is today. My dream for Darla is to be the person I always wanted to be, which is the path that she’s on. “I am very proud of you. Keep up the good work and remember that I will always be there for you. I love you very much.”
Zan | Mother