Reconfigured Families follows the experience of one 21st century family, sometimes referred to as the “postmodern family” or even the “brave new family,” through photographs that document the long-distance relationship I share with my two children who have been living in Bloomington, Indiana during the school year while I reside in Seattle, Washington. This sequence of images was made during our monthly travels to be together over the six-year period 2009—2015. During this time, I also learned of other parents who traverse geographies to juggle career and family, moving between Seattle and Hong Kong, Berlin and Bonn, Columbus, OH and Melbourne, Australia, Los Angeles and London, and Boston and Berkeley, CA, to name just a few configurations.
In the image sequence that makes up the book, images of the kids are paired with a composition I photographed over and over again from a particular seat on the airplane looking out the window in various seasons, cities, times of day, and weather conditions. The juxtaposition of these images with images of the kids as they grow up brings to the fore the repetitive nature of the travel involved in our relationship. The experiences of this one reconfigured family shed light on the broader social, economic, and environmental reverberations felt throughout our ever-widening globalized culture. They also reveal the beauty and richness of urban culture and the surrounding natural environs and the tenderness of the siblings’ evolving relationship.
Printed in an edition of ten hand-bound books, Reconfigured Families consists of 110pages and is the exact aspect ratio of a Southwest Airlines boarding pass, though it is larger at 10.5 x 6in.