Monday, May 12, 2008

Fountain View Part 1

A few months ago I was reading in one of my magazines about a photographer who photographed seniors. I was thinking it was just about High Schoolers, but after reading the article, it had nothing to do with Teens at all. It has to do with a population of people who are hidden behind the walls of nursing homes across the country. As a paramedic I get to see these people at their worst. The question that entered my mind was "Who gets to see them at their best?"

At the same time this question was surfacing, we were blessed to photograph the Blough family. It was exciting to talk to Mrs. Blough about her role in the lives of seniors at a local senior living center. The more we talked the more excited we each became about taking time to capture their best moments.

Last Friday was my orientation to who these people are. Bingo was the activity, and the only thing I was told is "Don't mess with their Bingo", but Mrs. Blough and I thought it would be a great time to hang out and get to know who these people really are.
During my time with them I learned so much. Most of them hate the camera. They say it makes them look old. Many of them think that Candy is the greatest reward for winning. Many are shy. Some more able to do things than others, but all of them were incredible to be with.

Here are some of my favorite images. I will be back again this Friday, but this time it is one on one. I will be taking portraits of them to give to their families.

The Ultimate Prize!

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