In the modern age, parents and siblings often fall second to studies and work. With my brother and I in college, my mom working full time, and my dad retired at home, a physical and emotional distance opened up between us all. I was beginning to see modernity’s forecast hold true. My relationships with the people I grew up with and who shaped me were slowly slipping through my fingers. I was frightened. In Family Ties, I begin a project of documenting families such as mine, that are in transition. I hope to recapture what is a dissolving sense of family and provoke viewers to ask what will maintain their family bond as time passes.
Sean Gin 2008