43, photographer/graphic designer
married, three kids (ages 6, 12, 14)
What does “having it all” mean to you? "Having it all" means to really be in the things you are, and not to feel that you are missing out. It's better to do fewer things well—and whatever you choose put your passion in it. It has been hard to realise that I can’t do it all, but I’m getting there.
What do you think American women can learn from Swedish women about the notion of “having it all?” The Swedes are privileged to have a full year of parental leave. Most parents divide that length of time, which creates a sense of equality from the beginning. By sharing childcare responsibilities, it is also easier for women to maintain their careers. Being a parent is a lifelong project, and everything has its time. You can always make a career, but your kids are only small once. And this goes for both parents. I wish that the US could offer a longer parental leave for everyone.
What do you hope to capture by carrying your camera with you all the time? I almost feel empty when I don’t have my camera. I want to document memories for myself and other people. Photos are my diary. All these images help me remember. Mostly I want to photograph faces—all kinds of faces, young, old, faces I know and I don’t know.
Portrait by Anneli Nygårds