Absent: The fact of being, is an ongoing work of collaborative photography about fatherlessness and its shifting emotional impacts on grown individuals.

Above is a picture of my own father, the only picture i have of him.

Above is a picture of my own father, the only picture i have of him.


this work aims to illustrate, MORE DEEPLY THAN statistical generalizations, the complexities of the relationship we have with the imperfect beings who raise us, or who chose not to.


thank you for considering sharing your story. having an absent father can be defined broadly and with this work I am interested in hearing stories from anyone who feels they had to come to terms with their own fatherlessness, whatever that means to you.

READ MORE: http://www.kaylastory.com/absent

Last name not required if you would rather leave it off please put N/A in the last name field.
Was the absence of your father a good thing, bad thing, or just was? Was there a moment in your life where this understanding changed at all? How has this experience impacted you?
I give permission to Kayla Story to use my story in the creation of art, photographs, and exhibition or publication of the subsequent work. *
My goal is to be respectful of any and all information given to me via this form/project. Most text will not be used in its original narrative (though general stories might be used in performances/lectures about the work) and names will not be associated with images or narrative unless consent is given.
Would you like your name associated with your story and/or image? *

Thank you so much!

If you would like to contribute an snapshot please email any quality of an image, be it a scan or cell phone picture to: