The last time I wrote about my master's project, I was still photographing strangers on the street, but the project has progressed greatly over the last 10 months!
About halfway through the first module I changed my methodology and began photographing families in their homes or places that were unique to them. The project changed drastically as I was able to create better imagery and stories through being with these fathers. I also interviewed the dads and learned much about fatherhood. These are some of the images I captured in the second term, along with some of the interview from each one:
What I realized the most in this process was that each father had a unique relationship with their child or children and they each expressed that differently. This was a great finding and it was fun to begin the discovery process of how to photograph each family uniquely according to their lives. I loved coupling the text with the images as I thought it brought these stories to life--these are real dads with real kids. Hearing from them and learning from them is invaluable.
I also felt I was getting closer to creating more intimate imagery--you can tell a stark difference from these strangers I was photographing versus these images of fathers who I spent time with. The time factor I think really makes a difference--time is needed when getting images that hold deeper messages than just a snapshot off the street. Some people can make this work, don't get me wrong (I'm inspired greatly by them as well), but considering my values and how I operate in my practice as a photographer, I had to change up how I was working to accomplish more meaningful images. I think knowing this about myself is key moving forward.
At the end of the second term I knew I wanted to head in this direction, holding mini-shoots, photographing fathers and interviewing them about their lives. I'm glad to say that it has progressed wonderfully and I think I'm finding what works for this project.
I'll share in part two of my work in progress what I accomplished the next term (I'll hold you in suspense!). :)