The [Dis]connected Family

“The ramifications of this distancing are profound. Less connection — the real kind — means that families aren’t able to build relationships as strong as they could be nor are they able to maintain them as well.” 

Dr. Jim Taylor, Adjunct Faculty, University of San Francisco

Western families have always been comprised of independent spirits. While the degree of independence among family members spans a wide range, often shaped by economic or religious influences, it appears that the majority of contemporary families have increasingly become more akin to loose confederacies than unified fronts. The effects of technology have not helped.

All but two of the images in the 14-image “Family (Dis)connections” series represents individuals tightly associated with the photographer, including his estranged wife, her brother, two of his daughters, his three sons, his brother, his brother’s girlfriend, and his tireless, widowed, 91 year-old mother.

The other two photographs stand as symbolic bookends for the modern family that is together but not harmonious, and harmonious but not homogenous. Through the use of historical family photos paired with contemporary images, it is conveyed that the idea of family is just that — an idea; and that successful families have managed to rally around one clearly-voiced approach — however malleable — while those that tenuously cling to form, regardless of the talents and personalities of its members, eventually come to represent the memory of a hollow hope.

The majority of these images were captured in analog form, using Kodak Portra and Fuji Velvia films, developed, scanned, and manipulated as necessary by the photographer.

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