Dad Hits The Road Stephen Denton Photography - Phoenix AZ Commercial Photographer
Dad Hits The Road
Dad Hits The Road is an ongoing project that documents my dad’s priceless reaction to various situations he’s put in as he reluctantly embarks on road trips with me around the country. As he's not big on leaving the familiarities of his home in Tempe, Arizona, I’m taking my father far outside his comfort zone and attempting to show him why travel is such an important part of my life.
As I began to increase the amount of time I spent on the road, I would often ask my dad if would like to join me on the adventure. As I anticipated, he would always seem to find any excuse to avoid going on the trip. Finally retiring in 2017 from public education after 39 years, his never-ending excuses and lack of free time had come to an end, and we finally planned a trip.
Through this project, I aim to not only show my dad the beauties of the Southwest, but also the oddities along the way that can only be experienced while on the road. Taking my father, a 6’5” restrained, ex-high school principal out on the road and photographing his reaction to some of my favorite places has been entertaining, to say the least. These road trips and the time spent together are something I'll hold close for the rest of my life. Even though he probably isn't as eager as I am to get back on the road, I can't wait to see where we go next.