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Size: 30 W x 24 H x 1 in
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Photography: C-type, Color on Paper.
Laugh, Smile, Take Deep Breaths
My father and his wife have lived in the same house in Springfield, New Jersey for over 30 years. Due to financial constraints and the limitations of their age to care for a home, they were forced to move. The burdensome task of packing up decades of belongings and memories is daunting for anyone, let alone a couple in their eighties. Photographing them at this pivotal time in their life brought up conflicting emotions. It was often that I felt the pain of inadequacy during my childhood -- often resulting from my father’s insensitivity and anger. There was also the bad divorce from my mother. But relationships are complicated and time has a way of altering our perception of the past.
During the time I was shooting the series my dad was brought to the hospital with symptoms of extreme fatigue, weakness and a horrible cough. This turned into the beginning of the end as he knew his life to be. His heart was very weak with added complications from fluid in his lungs, decreased muscle strength, high blood pressure, and liver and kidney abnormalities. Surely if he made it out of the hospital at all, it would be a compromised life for him at best.
It was as if we were both searching for meaning in the difficult turn his life had taken. Indeed, the process of photographing him through these changes has brought us closer, as we have had the shared experience of seeing mortality come close while contemplating the frailty of life and the memories we cling to to get through it.
Handpicked to show at The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art in New York
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