Zun Lee’s project ‘Father Figure’ is one I’ve mentioned before. No apologies for flagging it up again. It’s a beautiful example of making work about what you know, about what’s close to you. It’s overarching theme is all about absence, but in that strange way that life works, it’s grown out of, and illustrated by, the pain of presence…….
“….the feeling that I have when I witness the moment that I’m after, which are very subtle fatherly interactions that are loving…affectionate…….they don’t have to be grand gestures….it can be a smile, it can be a loving glance….these are all moments that are fulfilling to witness, but at the same time very tough for me as well because these are exactly the moments I never had as a child. When I know I’m having these feelings I know that’s really the moment I have to photograph……..”
Find 5 minutes today and sit quietly and let Zun share a slice of his life, and the motivation for his work, with you.
Then hug your child.