Taken in collaboration with my father, Tar explores themes of blue-collar labour. Tar is a commonly used substance in roofing, the profession my father worked for 45 years. A tar kettle explosion on his job site splattered molten tar onto his skin leaving him permanently scarred.
Together we would smash open hardened tar to reveal the shiny insides of this ancient black substance. During this exploration I introduced him to Abstract Expressionism and the photographs of Edward Weston.
We would discuss and setup the compositions of the material he was so familiar with, and I would photograph, immersing myself in the organic forms and textures.