I recently started a portrait series on elderly women that live in retirement homes. Most of them are generally happy, but many told me they rarely get visits from their family members. I find it interesting that people send their parents to retirement/nursing homes when they get to a certain age, but I think it’s more interesting when they don’t take the time to visit their loved ones.
I wanted to shoot the series simple and similar. I’ve gotten mixed reviews about making them diptychs with the hands. I think the hands add an extra layer to the portraits, but I’ve been told the positioning makes it a little awkward. I can’t decide.