Sophie Barbasch Examines Moments Of Fragility In Families
- Charmaine Li
In the series ‘Fault Line‘, photographer Sophie Barbasch examines the tender and complex relationships between family members. Shot in the small coastal town of Brooklin, Maine, her images reflect on personal experiences and capture striking moments of intimacy. The protagonist is Barbasch’s younger cousin, who lives in Brooklin. She also photographs her father, brother and other cousins.
In a statement about the series, the New York-based photographer says, “I chose the title because a fault line alludes to where the earth splits in an earthquake – a metaphor for a divided family with a complicated history – and also alludes to fault, or blame. I wonder, ‘How does a family support each other, even when things aren’t perfect?’ My goal is to show the weight we all carry and how we are both connected and isolated from each other.”