A Father’s Story is an intimate chronicle of my husband’s relationship to our only child over 22 years from Emma’s birth until now. I am interested in the passage of time, in charged moments of deep feeling, fleeting and unrepeatable. Rather than providing answers, I intend these images to suggest questions about the mystery, joy, connection and loss we experience in our one precious lifetime.
My best projects form slowly, accumulating images until the weight of that accumulation forces me to recognize a subject that had been under my nose all along. In addition to the photographs, the project will include relevant text excerpts from my journal woven throughout the images. In gathering these photographs together I realized it's rare to see a long-term project in which a photographer focuses on a father’s relationship to their child.
Roger’s story is very different from the traditional one my often absent father of eight children lived, as Roger was fortunate to retire young from a demanding career when Emma was 7 years old. After retirement Roger was omnipresent in Emma’s life, taking her on his morning runs, driving her to school, helping to care for Emma when she was sick, and coaching many of her soccer, baseball, basketball and softball teams.
To me, A Father’s Story suggests that fathers can be a powerful and guiding presence, nurturing intimacy in a girl’s life– an antidote to the stories of exploitation and abuse by father-figures that we read about almost daily.