In praise of uncertainty as a higher state of being, I photograph neighborhood teens and pre-teens who are willing to submit to my camera. They pose and engage in familiar studies in vulnerability, patience, boredom, trust, and hope. Often, we know one another only slightly, but enough curiosity exists on both sides to allow for a few sheets of film to be exposed. The intervals of stillness, the newly acquired self-awareness, and our mutual understanding of the power of photographs all enhance/inhibit the photographic event as I pursue the moment of knowing exchange between photographer, subject, and viewer. Traces of fragility, adaptability, uncertainty, and promise sometimes leak into the photograph during that self-reflexive moment and give evidence of what was and what might become.