I can see that there is a need for portraits of people who are living with a disability or life-threatening disease. Despite “Diagnosis” they are still loving, giving and caring and should be acknowledged and celebrated, despite the path that life has given them.
Often showing extreme bravery and affirming life, even in their darkest days. My aim is to capture in my photographs precious moments, caring gestures, shared humanity, in a thoughtful, considerate way.
Being a nurse for 38 years, specialising in Intensive Care and Anaesthetic Nursing, I have developed a high level of compassion and professionalism. Working with a range of patients, in my images I show respect for all.
I understand the challenges faced by those who are terminally ill, and those faced by the families and carers involved within the palliative system. I am also sensitive to cultural differences and etiquette.
Volunteering for the Penang Hospice Association, taking patients portraits and images of the care and work of the nurses, for exhibition at the AGM allowing sponsors and committee to gain insight into the services and care provided.
I have given family portraits/photographs to the patients and families. A gift, something that they can feel good about, and eventually become a very precious memory.
Many families have never had family portraits taken because of the upset that is caused by the change of routine when dealing with a child living with intellectual disability. A normal part of family life getting a portrait taken, documenting the support and love that the family has for each other. I go to their home, where it is easier for the child and family in their own environment.