Inspirations – Maureen Murphy
The topic chosen by my photography group Dante Was Here for a show was “New Realities ” and my new reality was a fear of getting Alzheimer’s. Here is the artist statement:
The subject “New Realities” has a very significant meaning for me. My reality involves the aging process and how my parents’ history will affect my life. My mother died of Alzheimer’s and my father (93) has dementia. My course seems to be pre-ordained – or is it? These photographs explore the parallels between me and my parents and how they relate to my fears for the future. What can I do to postpone or avoid dementia? How can I live with the probability that I will experience a loss of my cognitive functioning? These are questions underlying my everyday life as I move towards my mid sixties – the age my mother was first officially diagnosed. The intention was to display part of my parents’ history and the stage my father was experiencing at the time – living with memories. The words are a mix of possible thoughts he was thinking and questions I had. Once I wrote the words, I did not edit them.
I took the photo of my father in front of a window camera (D300 1/200 @ 4.8 55mm ISO 1000). I scanned a photo of my mother in her wedding dress and in Photoshop, combined the two photographs. Then I wrote the text in MSWord and pasted it in as a layer. ~ Maureen Murphy