DAD, FATHER’S DAY 2013. Crown Graphic 4x5, Portra 400
| joe librandi-cowan |
I guess you could say my dad and I don’t see much of each other. We live in the same town. Probably less than a mile apart. But we never seem to really get our schedules aligned. I kind of always thought we’d be able to work out our differences by now and that we’d have an easier time filling the roles of the whole father and son thing. But as I’m getting older, I’m getting more confused about what those roles entail. It was kind of strange photographing someone who you should be so close to but feel like you don’t really know. It was even stranger seeing so much of myself in him. I don’t understand a lot about him, or our family, or why anything is the way it is. But photographing him sort of helped me work through all of that. My life keeps getting busier and our relationship keeps getting more and more distant. I’d like to get closer to him and understand who he is. I’ve often thought about about doing a long term photo project with him to explore our relationship and document it. But I feel like that’s slightly selfish. Anyway, I think it’s a pretty honest portrait. I think I captured the man I know and all that I see in him. I know this might not completely represent who he is, but maybe I can can continue to photograph him and attempt to find out more about who he truly is.