Erik Simander’s photographic exploration of his grandfather dealing with the loss of his wife is an extraordinarily poignant and poetic look at this universal experience. As with my own father, his grandmother passed away suddenly. Simander had been working on another photo project but decided to quit working on it to spend time with his grandfather as he mourned his wife’s passing.
Simander also saw pursuing the project as a means to cope with the loss of his grandmother. In the course of spending time with his grandfather, Simander stayed with him at his home, talked with him about his memories and helped him run errands. At the same time, his grandfather was suffering from age-related macular degeneration, a disease that results in loss of vision, glaucoma and impaired hearing. In a way, says Simander, “my grandfather lost his eyes and ears when she died.” Simander’s grandfather would eventually pass away.
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