Living Up

Fathers are role models throughout one’s life. Regardless of the level of tensions that there is between a father and son, a relationship nonetheless exists. The moments when I feel the most connected with my father are the ones in which I see moments of vulnerability or awkwardness between the two of us. Our relationship is much more present when are both forced to drop our façade.

I am not only interested in my father as a character, but as an archetype; a singular type of “father figure”. I seek him out in many of the people I photograph. I not only look for physically similar individuals but also ones who exhibit similar weaknesses and strengths. The impetus for these images was transient and shifting relationship between my father and I.

I seek out moments of sensuality and intimacy with my subjects. I aim to have my subjects perform for me in a sense. Some are moments of conflict between two subjects, where others are ones possible conflict with themselves. Performance for the camera is central to my exploration. The masculine role is a performance and I feel as though by recreating these moments, it possibly mimics or subverts the role itself.