During my research for Family Stranger, it became clear that despite their varied circumstances, each family has gone through some of the same phases. The book is divided into three periods. The first starts when a family member is arrested and continues until the family is in contact with the arrested family member. The second period deals with the period/time when their family member is in captivity. And the third is the period after the release. Each period is divided into corresponding (invisible) phases in this project, and it’s these phases that have determined the order of my photos.
I enjoy it when steps are taken at a skip and cross-links are made; when there is little said and shown but much is implied, and when stories are visible and sense-able between lines and photos. I treat my photos as poems, with their own rhythms, metaphors and symbols.
I have seen that honesty, expressions of regret, and forgiveness, are essential to surviving together.