Broken: A documentary on Divorce and Separation
Today in the US, an overwhelming 50 percent of Americans have been divorced, and the numbers are rising. Children are half as likely to grow up in a divorced home as they are likely to grow up in a married home. And though there are many studies and statistics concerning divorce there are very few documentary stories on the subject. This is just one family's story - The Simmons family of Raleigh North Carolina, who have recently gone through the pain and struggle of divorce.
"My kids come from two broken people who couldn't keep the home together. The home didn't break, the people broke." Connelly Simmons
People often assume from this project that I come from a broken home. In truth my parents are happily married in NC. I chose to do this piece not only for its growing existance in our society, but also for its prevalence in my extended family. Most of my aunts and uncles are divorced - some on their second and even third marriages. Everyone knows someone who has been touched by divoce and while I was blessed with parents who still love one another, I have felt the effects of divorce through the estranged marriage and rough split of my grandparents. To this day, my grandfather is nonexistant in my life. We all understand the emotions of divorce.
And so I chose to document this creeping, silent disease that is spreading across America; to put a face to the numbers and statistics; to bring those hidden emotions to life so maybe someone can know that they are not alone in their struggles.
Today I am a freelance photojournalist in San Francisco and while I am far away from family on the east coast, I speak with them often and love them through my work.
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San Francisco, CA