DAMIEN MALONEY – SUNDAY EL RANCHO
Photography by Damien Maloney
i am curious about how my father lives:
how he is constantly at work always
calling me to tell me about some beach town
he’s eating the best steak
what are the best things for a father and his son to do together
his world is very different from my world
Some years ago, out of time and out of place in a hotel bar escaping the relentless heat of downtown Yangon, Myanmar, I met Damien Maloney. We shared beers and wondered aloud why we had both ended up in such a far removed place. In the intervening years we’ve remained friends and I’ve remained inspired by his work. Ahead of his new exhibition opening ATM Gallery & Studio in Austin, Texas, on Friday 5th February, I caught up with him for a chat about this new collection of photos.
When and where were these images taken?
These pictures, taken over the last couple years and take place in: a road trip we took through northern Arizona, a family friend’s horse ranch in Texas, last spring to bury my grandmother in Hibbing, Minnesota and some other places.
Who is your dad and what prompted you to spend this time with him and document it?
Taking photos of my dad came about as way to investigate the discomfort of spending time without a clear purpose and trying to make sense of that time spent. To make a list of the things we mutually enjoy would be difficult, often we are just spending time together.
The father and son relationship ebbs and flows over time with shifts in dynamic; as two adult males, with careers and separate lives, how did you view him and in turn, view yourself in reflection?
My father’s personality has intensified as I’ve become an adult, so in looking at him I find myself as well. The things I didn’t see or understand at the time I took these pictures are my reflection, and the ability of photography to reveal that is very exciting.
sunday el rancho opens at the ATM Gallery & Studio Friday 5th February
5305 Bolm Rd, Bay 12, Austin, TX 78702
Free & open to the public / 7 – 10 PM