Several years ago, I watched the process of my grandfather’s death. I wanted take out my camera and photograph his last days, but was not emboldened enough to do so. I made the decision after his passing to begin the documentation my grandmother’s last years of life. This is not only a documentation of the end of a life, but a preservation of what was, and is a catalyst for the memory of what is dear to me.
In this body of work I am including a single formal portrait, candid photographs, a partial photographic archive of the belongings in my grandmother’s house that are dear to her and have come to signify her and the emptiness of her home following her passing. These photographs are not meant to be melancholy, but a celebration, sometimes quirky, of the process of life; capturing my grandmother navigating her way through, new technology and the challenges that come as a part of aging, all done in an honoring way.
Eric is a California based photographer and photography professor who graduated from San Jose State University with his MFA with an emphasis in Photography in 2010. Eric’s photography ranges from the beautiful landscapes of the California Coast to the less technically driven cell phone photographs that are examining the strange, funny and mundane aspects of life that he sees around him. The world we live in is complex, full of beauty, life, hardship and ultimately death. Eric uses photography as a tool to try and make sense of the world He lives in.
all images and text © Eric M Baral