Fall, 2016 Art Series: by Amanda Pfost, Film Photography
My work aims to shed light on the effects of dementia (specifically Alzheimer’s disease) in the mind of a patient, as well as the mind of their loved ones. 5.2 million Americans are currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, most of them over the age of 65. This form of dementia begins with memory loss and progresses through the brain, eventually eliminating a patient’s ability to carry out simple tasks. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that slowly impairs the mind of its function. Although no comparison to the pain experienced by the patients of Alzheimer’s, family and friends also suffer through the loss of their loved one, even though the person is not entirely gone. This can be especially difficult during the late stages when family and friends must help take care of and assist their loved one with everyday tasks. Having a Grandmother in the late stages of Alzheimer’s has encouraged me to help raise awareness so that we can find a cure.
In this series, I use film photography to visually represent these experiences of debilitation in victims and panicked feelings in loved ones. I do this through abstractions of withering nature scenes to demonstrate the mind of the victims, and chaotic abstractions to represent the mind of family or friends. With no competition against each other, my photographs aim to simply show how both are effected in different ways, and to bring attention to Alzheimer’s disease.
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