“Siblings Behind Closed Doors” explores family portraiture and family histories. The project focuses specifically on the complex dynamics between siblings. Theirs is a unique relationship that begins at birth and incorporates the intimacies and intricacies of family life. Siblings develop a subtle and personal underworld that is at times explicit and cherished and at times hidden and neglected.
The portrait sittings are conducted during an interview that delves deeply into the relationship of the siblings.
The question and answer period covers a range of issues, and in particular, investigates childhood memories, past or present rivalries, and the effects of birth orders and family roles. Throughout these sessions I strive to unveil the quality and core of their unique connections. The photographs are all taken under the same exact conditions. Siblings sit on a couch, the sessions are always in private, and the interviews are recorded via microphone. These structural consistencies aid in visually emphasizing the distinct qualities of the relationships and individuals. The sibling sets include brothers, sisters, and sisters-and-brothers; biological and adopted siblings, siblings who are close as well as those who have been separated for significant lengths of time. The groupings are made up of a range of ages, as well as a variety of cultural backgrounds.
Throughout those sessions I am trying to unveil one aspect of their connection, maybe capture the nature of their relationship or simply remind them what they are for each other.