We have all appeared in family photo. Although, depending on what our style choices were in our formative years, we might not like to admit it. But by looking back through the old family albums, we can see how we changed, and how we haven’t changed. The photos commemorate special events like births and weddings, but also to serve as a visual measure of how we grow and change.
The Brown sisters, Heather, Mimi, Bebe and Laurie, know this from first-hand experience. Over the years, they have worked on an amazing photo project together.
They have been the subjects of photographs by Detroit-based photographer Nicholas Nixon, (Bebe’s husband). He has been taking a group shot of the sisters each year since 1975. The pictures were first taken when the sisters ranged in age from 15 to 25. You have to see how these sisters changed over the years.
In the first few years, the sisters’ poses are a bit stiff. They look as though they are posing dutifully for a standard family photo. Over the years, though, they become more relaxed and candid, and their positions become closer to one another. It’s like watching the women grow emotionally closer over the years.
The sisters’ journeys have been collected into an upcoming book available on Amazon called, Nicholas Nixon: The Brown Sisters. Thirty-Three Years. It’s never too late to start your own unique family album.