Book Ends (2013)

I have always identified with my grandfather, sharing a wordless communication in which a conversation can be had with smiles and a twinkle in the eye— we have always shared something unspoken, something special. My grandpa has been there as long as I can remember, so it wasn't until two years ago, when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, that I was forced to imagine a time without him. My grandmother, to whom I feel similarly connected, soon after began displaying signs of dementia.
This photo series is my way of processing their decline and my way of coming to terms with the changes I see in them. I found  myself turning to their home, to their objects, to find and understand their declining state. I seek to document this process. This project also serves a dual purpose of documenting the lives of my grandparents and capturing their essence.