Watford photographer publishes three decades of joint project with mother

September 29, 2017 by  

A photographer from Watford has published a 30 year project prior to a local event with the Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia Friends.

Matthew Finn has been working with his mum, Jean, on a number of portraits depicting her everyday routine in Leeds since 1987. Within the 30-year period, Matthew documented Jean’s rituals, showing his mum as a lady living her everyday life. The portraits include her performing tasks such as washing up, making tea, and even changing wallpaper.

The photographs are on display in his debut book, Mother. He will be giving a talk on the book at the end of the September at Watford High Street’s Waterstones. It starts with Jean from middle age before her transition to an elderly lady suffering from mixed dementia. Their family home was used as the backdrop. The home is where they both lived with Jean’s older brother. The siblings, who never married, lived in the same house for 76 years.

Of his mother’s dementia, Finn said:

“In 2015 she fell and went into delirium and never came out of it. She probably had it [dementia] for several years, I just didn’t know the signs.”

Matthew will undoubtedly go above and beyond the book signing in his bid to make people more aware of his project.

Individuals and organisations wishing to promote their work often turn to printing companies to produce promotional products such as brochures to help showcase their work.