Almost a decade ago, I began photographing a mass-produced family of dolls from the 1950s—the embodiment of an idealized middle-class culture. I was intrigued by how years of handling had worn away their veneer of polite reserve and privilege, revealing emotional truths hidden just below the surface.
Today, profound upheavals are exposing disturbing, sometimes ugly cultural truths long masked by false notions of fairness and progress. The long dark journey of this one model family has become a metaphor for our society as a whole. And a handful of images from my pond has become an ocean of broken lives and communities, faces hidden and exposed, and visions that address both individual and cultural histories.
Beneath roiling currents and breaking waves, the undertow takes us down to where the truth lies.