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Empty Nest

'Empty Nest' is a photographic series examining the complexities of relationships that exist between a teenage son and his father. Typically, associations with the term empty nest relate to the feelings experienced by a mother when her child leaves home; however, it is often the fathers who struggle most with the departure of their child. Exploring notions of masculinity, family identity and the gaze, the portraits aim to represent a tenderness, but simultaneous awkwardness between father and son. These years of adolescence are key in the shaping of individual identity, an identity that extends beyond the family, and the double portraits aim to highlight a relationship that is often overlooked.

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