PROJECT TITLE: Sunday Roast
by Chad Alexander
For as long as I can remember it has been a tradition each Sunday for my family to visit my grandparentís home for a roast dinner. Our family dinner is different than most because we eat at separate times throughout the course of the day. The reasons for this have never been discussed or addressed, however some of the reasons are clear to me. There are cracks within the family and the members. I think all families have their troubles. I know the other members of my family certainly donít see our experience as being outside the norm, but I believe our Sunday dinners reveal the complex family dynamics at work in our extended family.Family is important and retaining the family unit is especially important to my grandparents. They are no doubt impacted by historical traditions, societyís expectations, notions of unconditional love, Catholic traditions and metaphysics.
Through photography I am trying to decipher m family. For me, the camera acts as a gateway between us. One that Iíve never really had access to.
CAPTION: My grandfather Sammy cuts the roast before dividing it amongst our plates.
Some of my family congregated in my grandparentís living room.
My grandfather steps outside and smokes cigarette.
Mirror covered by family photographs in main hallway along with picture of Blessed Virgin Mary.
My motherís dinner is served on a small table in the living room.
My grandmother Catherine and her granddaughter Courtney sitting together during a family conversation.
My cousin Ethan napping at 6.30pm in his bedroom.
My grandfather walking towards the gate to smoke a cigarette.
My mother Cathy sleeping in the living room later in the evening.
My cousin Ethanís Rosary Beads sitting on a table in the living room.
My grandparentís wedding photograph hanging in the hallway.
My grandfather walking back from the gate after saying goodbye to my aunt and my cousin.