In March 2018, I photographed my father, Steven Armstrong, at his home on the Potomac River. Ahead of the shoot, I didn’t give him much background on my work so far with Thicket of Trash—I mostly just said I wanted to photograph him, and that I was experimenting with portraits of people shot as the subject would want to be captured. As we began the shoot, I found my father had planned three outfit changes (two depicted here), and seemed to intuitively grasp the goal of my project with almost no direction. Later, in May, I returned with a Pentax K1000 35mm film camera, and followed him around the property for a couple of days, where unposed, he was as photogenic and compelling as he had been months earlier vamping for the camera.