Sasha Tivesky 01
1. When was this photo taken?
2. Where was this photo taken?
3. Who took this photo?
4. What are we looking at here?
This is my mom. The photo was taken in my studio apartment on my last day in San Francisco. We packed up the whole car and just had a mattress pad left on the floor. I had some friends come over to say goodbye. I just finished college and decided to move back in with my parents in Los Angeles. A couple weeks before, my mom got diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer and I wanted to come home to be with her as much as I could.
5. How does this old photo make you feel?
It brings me to tears to see my mom again. This September will mark 4 years since she passed away. I was heading to LA and into a new period of my life. At this time I didn't know I was going to nurse my mother through hospice. I was busy wondering if I needed to run out to get another 6 pack. I miss her so much.
6. Is this what you expected to see?
I did not expect to see this at all. It is an emotional and pleasant surprise. I can't believe how many things have changed in my life since this photo was taken.
7. What kind of memories does this photo bring back?
I had a really fun time in SF, going to college, smoking pot and getting wasted with my friends, making stuff, being overly self involved and indulgent, I came into my own. I had little responsibility, working part time to make rent and making sure I studied. Not to mention, I had my own studio apartment at 22. I felt like I could do whatever I wanted to and I did. My parents were so supportive, they came up to help me move. We all slept on the floor together.
8. How do you think others will respond to this photo?
I think others will just see a portrait of a person. The context of this images is more powerful than the image itself. My mom's not here anymore and there she is, staring back at me with love; a beautiful life still living.