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Photo Details and Comments - KC5133 - Woman with Alzheimer's, elderly couple

Woman with Alzheimer's, elderly couple.
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Technical data: Photo taken with hand held Nikon SLR film camera & Nikkor 85mm f1.8 lens using existing outdoor light; couple in shaded area facing an open field. Approximate exposure 1/250 second at f8 - Fuji Sensia 200 transparency film rated normally at EI 200, processed normally. No lens filters were used. Film was scanned using a Minolta Dimage series film scanner. Photo file was routinely optimized with Photoshop on a Mac.

Comments: This woman had early stage Alzeimer's disease. I wanted a picture that both signaled her disease and explained that her husband was her partner and caretaker, but didn't shout it too loudly. We tried many poses and locations but I later rejected most of the photographs because they looked totally contrived. As I was about to leave I asked for one last picture, a snapshot, and got this unguarded photo - either because of the woman's fatigue, or my asking for "just" a snapshot. It's often a good idea to change up the psychology of the picture taking. Sometimes to relieve the pressure I'll simply ask for a snapshot or, if things aren't working at all, I'll ask for really goofy or absurd poses to break the spell. Lighthearted is always easier than serious.  HC

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