… and those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
The portrait project, “The Family Portrait (Dad)” is part of an ongoing project about my family. These images explore the relationship with my father in an attempt to understand him on a deeper level.
Research shows that many fathers are absent, either emotionally or physically from their daughters’ lives. One of the main reasons is that many absentee fathers have not been taught how to express their softer side and feel comfortable with more tender feelings.
After 10 years of living abroad, I returned home to reconnect with my father. I found the camera was a great excuse to spend time together. It was like a magical device helping to overcome awkwardness, allowing a blatant stare or accurate investigation.
This project is twofold: it is touching on aspects of reconnection and wonderment whilst simultaneously reflecting on the medium of photography with its unique ability to get closer to the subject, to examine, scrutinize or just wander around the surface.
Above all, “The Family Portrait (Dad)” is a record of few precious moments. It is a sketch of a man whose humble and content life fills me with wonder but also inspiration.
In Dublin when a woman says ‘Ask me gee’ it means ‘ask my vagina’; as in if you ask a question and this is the reply it means ‘no I won’t’. It’s street slang, used in working class areas. This shoot was based on women and the strength of ownership over the vagina. All of the women in this shoot come from different backgrounds, all walks of life and from places far and wide. None of the women in this shoot are professional models.
The vagina necklaces being made by Kiki Na Art. Kiki Na Art is a jewellery label based in Dublin, created by designer Ciarna Pham.
Styling Joanne Lyons
Jewellery Kiki Na Art www.kikinaart.com
Hair & Make up Nicola Kearns
Stylist assistant Sorcha Hackett and Heffy D
Models Mona Lisa, Ai Mee, Lubaba, Christine, Polly and Valeria
Thanks to Omdiva Boutique and Betty Bojangles Dublin for use of clothing for this shoot.