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Fatherhood In-Frame

It's time to celebrate dads, so we speak to local fathers Ben Sullivan, Jimi Biasetto and Bart Celestino about their experience of parenthood. Using our hotel film camera, they show us a behind the scenes portrait of family life in pictures.

Ben Sullivan

Ben Sullivan – Photographer

 

Are there any traits or rituals that you have passed down to your children?

I think I’ve passed some good and bad traits down to my kids. Although I think it’s too soon to really tell. I haven’t had kids before, so I’m not sure if how they are now is how they are going to be later on. I have a suspicion that it is though. In which case I passed down a great ability to bottle emotions to my eldest, and rage to the youngest.

 

What is something you have learned from your child/children?

I’m trying to learn patience. Not that they have it either, but they have taught me I need more of it.

 

Is there anything you wish you had learned about parenthood before becoming a father?

I wish I knew how tired I would be. I would have had kids sooner. Now I’m an old, tired dad!

 

Best part about being a dad?

Everything.

 

Jimi Biasetto- Actor

 

Are there any traits or rituals that you have passed down to your children?

The love of a stiff breeze and the smell of the sea.

 

What is something you have learned from your child/children?

Life is a series of breaths between laughing and crying and laughing again. It might only last five seconds, but that’s where you’ll find it.

Is there anything you wish you had learned about parenthood before becoming a father?

I don’t think you can learn it before, not really. Not until you’re walking laps on your balcony at 1am in the cold because that’s the only thing that settles your crying baby. Then you’ll know that even if you learn as much as you can beforehand, you’ll still have no idea. And if you get to that point and you still don’t know what’s going on, then you’re probably in the right place. It takes all the love and patience you can find and a little bit more. Zippers over buttons.

 

The best part about being a dad?

Being five months in it’s all so new to me still, but learning how awake you can be in the midst of deep fatigue is a delightful realisation. A mad kind of energy that blurs at the edges, everything at once dreamlike and hazy as well as sharp and ringing. Once I get over my tiredness I quite enjoy the snatches of midnight clarity and the peace of being awake while the rest of the world sleeps.

Who knows, maybe I haven’t learnt anything yet.

 

Bart Celestino

Bart Celestino- Photographer and Editor-in-Cheif at Lovewant

 

Are there any traits or rituals that you have passed down to your children?

We both believe that we should be kind and be empathetic to all creatures and plants, so we always practice that in our lives

 

What is something you have learned from your child/children?

Patience and true understanding.  If anything I can see life from a more naive and beautiful perspective.

 

Is there anything you wish you had learned about parenthood before becoming a father?

I wish I knew how much support and love was required to nurture your relationships and keep them alive.

 

The best part about being a dad?

That you’re there to make this new life special.

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