July 6, 2022

Fathers and Their Childfren: A Photo Essay by Steve Nadler

“Fathers and Their Children,” a photography show inspired by a sense of frustration, is on display through July at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, in Chester.

 Nadler, an Essex resident, says, “For the past several years I have been engaged in a very personal photographic project. ‘Fathers and their Children’ came to me as a result of my feeling that both the media and the entertainment industry depict fathers in very negative terms.

“There are a number of TV shows that make fun of the bumbling father figures that never seem to be engaged with their children’s lives. It occurred to me that I could, in my own way, make a statement that directly contradicted the accepted wisdom that fathers were not as capable as mothers of having meaningful relationships with their children. I know many fathers who are dedicated to raising their children and enjoyed spending time with them.

“I learned a few things along the way that made me realize that there are many different ways that fathers relate to their children. The one thing all the fathers had in common, however, was their capacity to engage in fun activities. Absent the stress of their daily lives and happy to be spending time with their children, these fathers became mischievous and fun –loving while playing board games or doing pull ups on a swing set. I also learned that mothers are much better at scheduling activities than fathers, but once those fathers are pointed in the right direction they execute beautifully.”

This is the third exhibit for Nadler at CBSRZ, whose first show was in Greenwich Village in 1976. Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek is located at 55 East Kings Highway in Chester. For more information, hours or directions, please call the synagogue office at 860-526-8920.