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.
Have you met your biological father? *
Would you be interested in a having your picture taken and/or a brief in person exchange with me? (If yes, I will be in contact with you shortly to set up a date for our meeting) *
For participants in and around Madison or Milwaukee. Does require signing a model release form so the artist may use your image in her work. Examples of other participants are above.
Do you have a picture of your father you would like to share with the project? *
I am also collecting snapshots of absent fathers or of participants from their past. This is to illustrate the lasting effects that fathers who do not or cannot be in our lives have. If yes, please email a scan/phone snap of the image to: the@kaylastory.com
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: