If You Happen To Be In Hillsborough, NC (USA)


We note and share the occasional tributes to careers we might not have had the chance to think about. This post catches our attention just as the earlier ones did, but in particular thanks to the collaborative exploration between father and daughter:

“For the past forty years, my father has travelled around America as a telephone-pole salesman,” Sara Macel writes in the afterword to her forthcoming book, “May the Road Rise to Meet You.” The book is a visual narrative of her father’s professional life, the life he lived separately from their shared family experience. Macel and her father, Dennis, retraced his steps and photographed places he may have passed along the way.

“The most surprising thing I think we both realized,”—she wrote, of working on the project with her father—“is how similar our jobs are, and how much we related to each other when we started talking about our careers. My dad and I didn’t have a lot of common ground when we lived under the same roof. But, as an adult, to go back and work on this project together gave us the chance to sit together in the car for long stretches of highway with no one but each other to talk to … I think it came as a pleasant surprise to both of us just how much a photographer and a telephone salesman have in common.”

Macel’s work will be exhibited at the Daylight Project Space, in Hillsborough, N.C., from August 30th through October 20th. The book launch will take place as part of Photoville, a pop-up photo exhibit, starting September 19th, in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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