When I started my project “You are my Father” it was the child in me that was longing to revisit relationship with my own father. I was raised in a generation and country where it was uncommon for a father to show tenderness or vulnerability. What I quickly realized when photographing the men that presented openness to participate was, that independent from their background, they were all the same in one aspect – their natural ability to love their children.

I often add the hashtag #newmasculinity with these portraits. Occasionally I receive a comment from my younger followers (mostly from western countries) who can’t understand what it is about these images that is new. I think this is a positive confirmation that we are moving in the right direction, at least in some parts of the world and in this aspect of masculinity.

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