In summer 2016 I began a collaborative project with my father at our home in southern New Hampshire. I was at home for a few weeks helping him with housework and other chores, and each evening I proposed a different photo set-up for us to realize. For every idea I suggested, my father offered input on costumes, props, and pose. I was interested in how far I could push these set-ups, which always began as an idea for a “silly photo.”
In the past few years I have reflected on my father’s advancing age, and how this process has changed our aspects of our relationship, even as its core remains the same. At times I feel we are in a kind of gray area in which I feel greater responsibility to help him with household tasks, even as I desire for him to continue to care for me by making dinner or offering perspective and advice. I want these photographs to bring forth notions of vulnerability, while foregrounding my father as a strong character and our relationship as both playful and rooted in trust.
Exhibition of woks from this series in the Memorial Union Gallery at North Dakota State University was made possible with support from the Lakes Region Arts Council.