The Dying of the Light

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For me the photography book of the year is Paddy Summerfield’s ‘Mother and Father’, a work of such simplicity and poignancy that it can move a hard man to tears.
The subject is the photographer’s elderly parents and their battle with Alzheimer’s

The images are furtively captured from behind windows and bushes and feature the parents in a space that the author most associates with them, a summer garden.

The sight of the elderly couple, nodding off on garden chairs in the afternoon sun, is beautiful in how easily evokes our own similar memories.

In a world when so few relationships last any more than a decade to see people still clinging to each other in the dying embers of their lives also reminds us that when this generation has passed it will be long time before we see their like again.

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Paddy Summerfield’s Mother and Father

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