This is the final product for my documentary project in Photo II. I couldn’t be happier with the results. I didn’t post any process work for this series so I will talk a little bit about my concept now.
I wanted to document my home town through the eyes of my father. He was raised there and moved back there after he and my mother had me. I asked him what the most influential places from his childhood were and shot directly from the list he gave to me. The images on the left were found in my grandmothers old family albums. The images on the right I took at the locations of the originals, they are 400 black and white film that I developed in the darkroom. This is my first time with that process. The diptychs are captioned with excepts from an interview with my father. They are placed in chronological order – a sort of timeline of his past.
My Fathers Land.
“Nine kids, no running water, wood stove for heating and cooking. Mom and dad worked so hard for us. We had so much fun we didn’t notice the hardships.”
“Mom thought she was in heaven, a modern home and she planted her flowerbeds. The place is a dump now.”
“I was baptized in this church.”
“I loved the walk to elementary school. We were on the end of town so it was just us starting out but by the time we made it to school we were joined by 10 to 12 “townies”. We thought we were so cool waving at the buses as they drove by.”
“I loved baseball but I quit to get a job to pay for gas.”
“We were going to move out of district, but my brother who was in High School begged that we move to town so he wouldn’t have to change schools.”
“…Super Sports, GTOs, Cudas, Challengers, 57s and Mustangs. Now when you see cars like these at school they’re priceless classics and it’s prom night.”
“Cruising was what we did.”