David Hilliard’s photography exhibition “The Tale Is True,” now up at Carroll and Sons gallery, reads like a novel. It tells the story of a father and son living in a dilapidated house along the water in Provincetown. The pair let Hilliard in to document their lives. The artist has done this before; a previous body of work, fraught and tender, depicted his relationship with his own father.
With this pair, he is spare and eloquent in his rendering. The father and son, with their view out to the sea, seem trapped and forlorn. Hilliard’s multi-panel color photos utilize slight changes in perspective and a shallow, shifting focus to suggest a contemplative, sometimes stuttering gaze that leads deep into his narrative.