As one family the human race is ever changing and multi faceted. This ongoing project explores the differences and similarities in the beauty that is everyday family life around the world. In viewing The Universal Family you will see a variety of home portraits, giving you a peak into people’s lives and intimate moments. There are those keeping to what they know as tradition and those challenging that status quo, but no matter the setting the common thread throughout the project is that our fundamental similarities as a family unit greatly outnumber our aesthetic differences.
The more and more I travel, the more I believe in true altruism and the fact that the majority of us just want to live in harmony with each other and our loved ones. We are all after the same goal so let’s not feed into the divide of our cultures and orientations but embrace one another’s differences, lead the ignorant to love, and remain one Universal Family.
After spending almost 10 years photographing families in the US, mostly focussing on multi-culture and same-gender, I realized the project was bigger than that and took the first step to bringing it global. These photos specifically were taken over a 3 month span of time touring India and 6 countries in Europe.
Gilles, Marie, Eva, Bahia from Nice, France
Prateek & Gautam from New Delhi, India
Kanya Devi with husband Setan Rama and shy daughter Sanyata Devi from Village of Najam, India
Heleen, Renea, & Josie from Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Lorenzi family from Modena, Italy
The Bloem family from Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Maddox family and Oma from Bietigheim Baden, Germany
Luca, Silvia, & Chiara from Rome, Italy
The Brun family from Nice, France
Jérôme, Cécile, Théo and Charlotte from La Landeron, Switzerland
Ulrike, Sophia, & Louisa from Bietigheim Baden, Germany
Havva & Botan from Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Panday family from Paris, France
The Wrobel family from Warsaw, Poland
The Singh family from Modugno, Italy
The Veniero family from Palermo, Sicily
Cinthia, Mallika, & Famous from New Delhi, India
The Panunzio family from Molfetta, Italy
The Gallo family from Camporeale, Sicily
The Mathur family from New Delhi, India
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