Whenever I return home, I take a series of photographs during my short stay. In these uncertain times, I find myself bombarded by distressing headlines that promote anxiety and the fear of death. But during these times, I am also motivated to photograph my parents. This body of work is strongly influenced by photographer Larry Sultan, whose 'Pictures from Home' series explores a complicated parental relationship. He beautifully states, “I realize that beyond the rolls of film and the few good pictures, the demands of my project and my confusion about its meaning, is the wish to take photography literally. To stop time. I want my parents to live forever.” I do too, Sultan. This series of photographs presents a rich and gentle narrative of family kinship, the inevitability of aging, and the will to move forward.
Both of my parents are Vietnamese immigrants who came to the United States in search of a better life. My father is a handyman, who can fix anything around the house. A man of few words. My mother is a hairdresser, who cuts our family’s hair in her small salon. A charismatic woman. In my work, the photographs show my parent's culmination of attaining the American Dream. Through the medium of the camera, I am examining my parent’s life and how they navigate the everyday, which includes the themes of work, successes, family relationships, and handling death of loved ones. 
"My father is a handyman.
He can fix anything around the house.
He has a stern face.
A man of few words.
My mother is a hairdresser.
She cuts our family’s hair in her small salon.
She has a gentle face.
A charismatic woman.
They are my world and more."

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Accordion softcover with single signatures books. 
Vellum pages with text from my grandfather's obituary.
Colby Museum of Art (Waterville, ME) Installations
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