The Yearly Portrait

Posted on Jan 4, 2016

Every year I go to Czech Republic and I take a portrait of my grandparents. It’s part of an ever evolving project on my confusing origins I called Homeland 2.

This year was no exception and so below is the latest picture of my grandmother.

Grandma portrait - Marco Barbieri - Photography

She is now 86 and in the last years she developed dementia: it’s still in its early stages, but sometimes she forgets things and is now unable to cook at home. She spends most of the time in the living room with grandpa being informed about the outside world only through television and family visits. Luckily part of my family live close by and my retired parents spend their time between Czech Republic and Italy.

The image below was taken a couple of years ago; she got thinner in this period and her hands shake even more than they used to.

Homeland 2 - Marco Barbieri - Photography

There is a good light in their house in a little community outside on the outskirts of the little town of Hlinsko. I enjoy taking pictures in this house that is so reminiscent of my childhood. The two images were take in the rooms I relate relate more to her presence: the kitchen were she used to cook all the time and the living room were she now spends most of her time in front of the TV set.

I hope I will keep taking her portraits for many years to come.