HIS INDELIBLE ESSENCE
Against his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s
dementia and its death grip on
personhood, I set the memory of my
father holding a bouquet of flowers as
if to preserve the indelible essence of
who he is and was—a sweet, kind
and generous man.
After my father’s diagnosis in 2014,
I was afraid that as he progressed, he
would become angry and violent,
succumbing to one of the most
common characteristics in those
suffering in the later stages of the
disease. I couldn’t imagine my dad
being angry let alone becoming violent.
What I hoped to preserve in my mind
was a loving image of my dad, such as one
of a man holding a bouquet of flowers, so
I asked him to don a jacket and
hold a bouquet of flowers. He readily
agreed, excited to be photographed.
60 x 48"