We sent acclaimed photographer (and dad) Jesse Burke down the Eastern Seaboard to talk to fathers and celebrate the often unheralded work of dads.
Over the last few decades, new fathers have quietly rewritten their domestic job description. In backyards, bedrooms, garages, kitchens, churches, temples, gyms, schools, and streets, they’ve been strong, constant, and comforting presences in the lives of their children. To celebrate this often unheralded work, Fatherly sent acclaimed photographer (and dad) Jesse Burke down the Eastern Seaboard to talk to fathers about their families and themselves. Burke captured a loose community of happy dads working as hard as they can to do and be better.
Andrew Kesin and Lulu Kesin
“The values that I hope to instill in my kids are loyalty, respect for others, love, creativity and a hard work ethic. I think those are pretty important. Passion, have a passion for what you do.”
Daryl Weber and Avi Weber
“Avi’s obsessed with trains. We took the Marta, the local train here, to the airport. For me it is usually a boring long subway ride. To him it was this crazy mind-blowing experience. He’s sitting on my lap, having this amazing time for the whole ride. Now, when I ride the train, I look at it differently and think, ‘Wow, this is really cool.’
Dave Jagodzinski, Alexa Jagodzinski and Sophia Jagodzinski
“There’s times where it is great to come home after a long day of work and just be there with your family and go swimming in the pool…. I’d say the best day of my life was being there for the birth of all three of my kids. That’s something that is just something so amazing to see.”
Edgar Cancel and Jacob Cancel
“You go into fatherhood thinking you are going to be teaching this person a lot. But I think I’m doing more learning than teaching. Having to focus my energy on somebody else who is part of me, my blood, it’s really exciting. I’ve learned so much about how to be a better human.”
Gregory Harris and Emmett Harris
“Even doing something as simple as going for a walk down the block is just mind-blowing for…