He Was; I am, is an on going artistic project by Kayla Story, part of a larger body of work about fatherlessness and its impacts on grown individuals. Through this project I am interested in the ways that a fathers' absence has effected me as a person, how father absence similarly effects millions of others, and what those absences mean in our culture at large. My own father was voluntarily never a part of my life, so this project while wide reaching in its subject matter means a lot to me as a person who is also struggling to understand his willful absence.
If you have made it to this page, I hope that you will consider being a part of the project by sharing your own unique experience with fatherlessness. Your name will not be used unless consent is granted by you the participant, and individual fathers will not be singled out. I strive only to understand, and share with others who might not fully grasp, the true struggles of fatherlessness from those that have had time to contemplate its direct impacts.
Thank you so much for taking a peek and considering working with me on this project! The purpose of this survey is to collect different perspectives, stories, and thoughts about the impact of father absence to be used in art works about the same subject. In addition to the words I am also collecting images of fathers who were not, are not, or could not be in their children's lives, to reinterpret into prints that are reflective and only visible under certain conditions. If you would like to contribute an image please email any quality of an image, be it a scan or cell phone picture to: email@example.com