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A Personal Photography Project: ‘From behind the mask’ photographing Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a cruel, cruel disease. With no visual clues, you basically watch the person disappear from within, gradually replaced by a childlike other self. This is what I’ve witnessed over the past decade with my father. He’s a fighter, most sufferers last less than 5 years, so you have to be grateful in some way. The moment he doesn’t recognise his own home, his son… still hurt even though you know they’re coming. It’s the inevitability of it all… like a truck rolling down a hill, your just waiting for the crash..

As my father’s disease has worsened, I’ve wanted to take a set of photographs to try to capture the moment, the brief moment when my dad pops out from behind the mask of Alzheimer’s. Not necessarily to take beautiful pictures but to see if I can wind back time, capture a glimpse of the past and his struggle with the disease. Funnily I think I’ve got all those things!

As a note it is very difficult to shoot someone who keeps forgetting where he is and why he’s there!

They’re going to be printed and framed slightly larger than life-size. The colour image is stand alone with the black and white forming a set called ‘From Behind The Mask’

Anyway, tell me what you think, I’d be interested to hear?

Colour portrait of Reginald Godwin

Colour portrait of Reginald Godwin


‘From Behind The Mask’ Image 1 of 4

‘From Behind The Mask’ Image 1 of 4
‘From Behind The Mask’ Image 2 of 4

‘From Behind The Mask’ Image 2 of 4

‘From Behind The Mask’ Image 3 of 4

‘From Behind The Mask’ Image 3 of 4

‘From Behind The Mask’ Image 4 of 4

‘From Behind The Mask’ Image 4 of 4

 

 

As a note, my father deteriorated suddenly a few days after this shoot and had to be placed in full time care.

 

That person who was at the shoot has changed yet again. Photography really does capture fleeting moments.

 

 



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