Push and Pull
My husband's parents left Cameroon for New York before he was born. Raised in the US, he had limited contact with his parent’s country or relatives. In 2011, we traveled to Cameroon and spent several months getting to know his family of strangers.
I deeply connected with our family members, and, as a white foreigner, I aroused a colonial legacy of wariness and suspicion. This combination of intimacy and distance forced me to consider family dynamics from various perspectives. I photographed as we navigated our relatives' love, assumptions, expectations, and frustrations. What began as a series of private photographs, transitioned into a project about the impact of migration on family identity and relationships. I am interested in the evolving dynamics between relatives: those who leave, those who stay behind, those who are born abroad, and those who join a family through marriage.