In 2013 I started a photo project: documenting my Grandparents.
First, it was supposed to be a portrait of two strong characters in their 80’s, by their granddaughter in her 20’s. But as I spent more time with them, I sadly found out that they were about to be expelled from the house they lived in for 60 years.
So I changed my photo story’s direction.
I named this project « 60 years gone in 60 seconds ». 60 seconds, that’s all it took the landlord to announce to my grandparents they were being expelled. This project was also telling the story of a lifelong habits, lifelong friendship and above all, lifelong love.
In 2017, after being married to the love if his life for 65 years and fought till the end to remain in their house, my beautiful grandpa passed away. I went to visit my grandma and when I saw his empty bedroom it hit me, the world I started photographing in 2013 was gone. But I was grateful I used my cameras as a tool of preservation.
Fast-forward, we are now in December 2020, my grandma had moved over a year ago to a home for the elderly and a pandemic widespread across the globe. It has forced the world to change the way in which we live and has isolated older people. I could visit her earlier this year and carried on this project. I’ll continue to do so as long as I can. I hope that this series inspires others to document their loved ones.
Work is progress.