52 Weeks: Week 5

Week 5: Lonnie. I've been working on a larger scale portrait project of Alzheimer's disease for over a year now. The project started while I was home in NY visiting my Grandmother, and my hope is that in the end I will be able to convey the subtle, but noticeable effects that begin to take shape during the first stages of the diagnosis. 

I've photographed Lonnie a few times over the past year, and it's interesting to see how his memory can change from day to day.  Generally he remembers me, but when I shot him this week he appeared to have no recollection.  After the portrait, someone asked him why he wasn't smiling.  Lonnie replied that I always ask him to be more serious. 

View the ongoing 52-week project, here.