I developed this series in my final year of photography school, which coincided with my grandfather being told he had 2 – 18 months to live. Grandad and I were very close, he lived next door for most of my childhood and helped raise me and my brother. He encouraged me to explore the world, ask questions, and always follow your heart. In my early 20’s we traveled together, and this experience only strengthened our bond. I view the series Juncture as our last trip, our last exploration.
At 28, I had never experienced death, and now I was faced with losing the most important man in my life. Picking up my camera seemed like the only thing I could possibly do to make sense of the situation. Over a cup of tea, I asked grandad what he thought about making this series, and he responded with a wicked grin and a “when do we begin”.
As it developed many people would ask me how he felt about being photographed. He said that people would shy away from looking at his body -once a very large man, at 85 he was now very skinny and this scared people. I think me photographing his skin made him feel more at ease. I saw his body as beautiful and his scars were a testament to his strength and determination, having kept cancer at bay for five years. His skin, thin and blemished, told a story of a full life.