Ian Willms father died after months of hospitalization and medical interventions due to a motorcycle accident. In We Shall See Willms documents his father’s traumatic injuries and the details of daily hospital visits. Despite their fraught familial relationship, Willms’ father encouraged him to photograph their “journey through unknown emotional terrain, in collaboration.” Unframed and printed on fragile tracing paper, the photographs depict the complexities of love, grief and mortality.
Ian Willms’ is an award-winning photojournalist based in Toronto and founding member of Boreal Collective. We Shall See is presented in conjunction with Photopolis: The Halifax Festival of Photography