How to use a personal and difficult life experience to make a documentary? How to be a carer AND a photographer? How to capture and preserve the story of a battle against brain cancer?
PHOTOGRAPHIC WORK BRYNHILD BYE-TILLER
– I was deeply involved in the last period of my mothers life as a carer and as a photographer.
I did the same kind of work a few years earlier when my brother also died of cancer. Both stories raises life's big questions and is a personal work. I remember both my mum and my brother at their most beautiful when they fought for their lifes. When life was naked, when trifles was less important, when the days were full of emotions, pain and happy moments. Never before have I been so close to them. Many people say they want to remember my mum and my brother as they were. I wonder what that means. Which year do they mean? Why do some people refrain from looking at the pictures I've taken in this story. Pictures showing cancer treatment and doctor visits but also family dinners, meeting with friends and the last Christmas celebration. I used the camera as a way of dealing with the situation, a kind of therapeutic tool and a way to hold on to each memory. My mother wanted to see these pictures because she lost some of her short time memory and she wanted to remember the people who had visited her.
BOOK 289 pgs Standard landscape 10 x 8 in, 25 x 20 cm
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