the semester is finally over and i am now officially enjoying holidays… it’s such a good feeling! the lead up to the end of the semester was incredibly busy but i managed to get everything done, thankfully.
i struggled with a title for this project for a long time, knowing the working title “big families” was a little on the boring side. so i ended up deciding (at the last minute) to title this series of images “Forget the dog, beware of the kids” – after I was greeted by that sign at the O’Brien household. the funny thing was that two days after hand in, having never heard that phrase previously in my life, I was walking down the road in Melbourne and came across a house with that very phrase emblazoned on a mat outside the front door. the world is a crazy small place sometimes.
i have to say, it was such a cool project to work on. i got to meet six completely different families, and get a little insight into what their life looks like. i photographed on an old school film camera, the mamiya rz67, which was so sweet to make pictures with! and hopefully they all like the photos too. i had a real range of families contact me; single-parent families, blended families, “traditional” families, families of 6, families of 11 etc…
i displayed them in a cluster of six, each at A0 size which is massive. below them was a small household wooden table with a hand bound book of images and words, little details of the family. i haven’t photographed the book yet but will do that when i collect it again. anyway, below are the images: