Susan May Tell 02
1. When was this photo taken?
2. Where was this photo taken?
NY Cornell Hospital
3. Who took this photo?
4. What are we looking at here?
My mom under the blanket in the hospital
5. How does this old photo make you feel?
Mixed feelings. My mom was a tough cookie & fiercely independent. As strange as it seems, this photo makes me feel happy. I know it brought reassurance & happiness to her that I visited, was there for her, every day, during her too frequent hospital stays in her later years. At the same time I feel sad because I miss her. Although she didn't pass on until some years later, this photo seems to forebode her absence, missing her & the sadness it would bring. I also feel indebted to Lost Rolls America for offering the opportunity for me to again "be there" with her.
6. Is this what you expected to see?
I have absolutely no recollection of taking the photos on this roll -- even after seeing them. One half of the roll is my mom in the hospital. The other half is of extended family, including my mom, joyfully hanging out. Bottles of wine. People crashed on a couch. None of the family pictured in that half can identify where or when they were taken.
7. What kind of memories does this photo bring back?
I realized that taking photos in this kind of situation serves a couple ways. It helps me focus on picture-taking -- which reduces the anxiety I might be feeling (vis-à-vis my mom's situation). It also allows me to playfully engage my mom - even if she is thumbing her nose at me in another frame taken in the hospital. Since this photo was taken before the ubiquitousness of the iPhone & digital revolution, I remember how photographing required intention: having a larger and heavier camera plus film.
8. How do you think others will respond to this photo?
Feel uncomfortable. Also, they might remember their own experiences of loss.
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