About the Book
This body of work is an examination of my own identity using a physical and emotional search for my estranged father. Using professional investigation techniques and equipment, including multiple disguises as well as historical family documentation, I have pieced together a portrait of him. I periodically spent several days at a time photographing my father, his day-to-day life, as well as his surroundings without him knowing. My experiences in the search provided temporary isolation, allowing time to reflect on how my father has influenced me and if or how I will contact and reunite with him.
Jessamyn Lovell, BFA Rochester Institute of Technology, MFA California College of the Arts, is an artist and educator living in Albuquerque, NM. Her art practice integrates a combination of digital and traditional photography, writing, and map-making to examine personal narrative and the imperfections of day to day life. Her photographs have been exhibited nationally, and she is the recipient of several awards, including the Aperture Portfolio Prize. Her work has also gained recognition and support from such institutions as Light Work, Richmond Art Center, The Museum of Forward Thinking, CENTER, and SF Camerawork.