I Still Do

January 13, 2010

Making the Ordinary—Extraordinary

Filed under: Alzheimer's Disease, alzheimer's, caregiver, photography, Uncategorized — Judith Fox @ 11:35 am

While in New York for the opening of my photography show at the Andrea Meislin Gallery, I bundled myself up—added a few extra layers—and set off for a Chelsea gallery to see new images by one of my favorite photographers, William Eggleston.  Not everyone loves his work, but I’m a big fan.

Eggleston photographs ordinary objects that are usually invisible to the rest of us, and makes them extraordinary and beautiful.  What a gift.  He was also the first photographer to really bring color to the world of fine art photography—for which I’m grateful.  I found his new work as wonderful and fresh as ever.  

I don’t think it’s stretching, too much, to see a link between his view of the world and to living with Alzheimer’s.   I believe our perspective changes when we love someone who has the disease—and we learn to appreciate the small, formerly ordinary events, as special moments worth treasuring and noticing.   I hope you’ll check out Eggleston’s work and let me know what you think:   http://www.egglestontrust.com.

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