Passion for photography and a strong sense of wanting
to help people is something I always had, but I did not have a clear direction
in photography. Then my mother was diagnosed with Frontotemporal dementia. The
disease progressed, as did the realization that I was going to lose her. I felt
sorrow and powerlessness, but my mother inspired me to look at the beautiful
moments. I took my camera and caught these cherished moments on photo. What
happened then surpassed my emotion. I felt so much gratefulness that I was
allowed so many beautiful moments with my mother. The magical combination of my
passion and the strong sense of wanting to help others was born. I want
everybody who is struggling with the gradual loss of a loved one to dementia to
have these beautiful and cherished moments.
People are emotions, expressions in all varieties. For
me it is important that people are accepted as they are. That makes the best
photos. Everyone is unique and that is what makes photographing people so much
This is certainly true for people suffering from dementia. They want to be treated as human beings, not as a disease.
Respect, feeling, trust and emotions are essential to me for a good photo. My phots are not just pictures of what I see. Behind each photo there is a story and an emotion.