Granddaughter & Grandmother – An Intimate Portrait

 

Photographer Chrystel Mukeba is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography.  These images are from her project ‘Confrontation‘.  To see Chrystel’s body of work click on any image. 

 

chrystel_mukeba_01

 

chrystel_mukeba_02

 

During the summer of 2007, I started taking pictures of my grandmother after my grandfather passed away .

 

chrystel_mukeba_11

 

chrystel_mukeba_03

 

chrystel_mukeba_05

 

I saw her alone in this big house, turning around, thinking about my grandfather.  We often talked about life and other things, than I realized that I did not have any pictures of my grandfather and it was sad and frustrating.   People come and go in our lives and sometimes it’s difficult to remember them. It’s Important to leave a fingerprint, so I decided to do something more seriously than a simple family portrait.

 

chrystel_mukeba_10

 

chrystel_mukeba_06

 

chrystel_mukeba_04

 

Three to four years ago, I started to take pictures of her house and things that surrounded her as well as intimate portraits, some of them while she was in deep thoughts.  I was trying to capturing beauty and vulnerability of her old age. This process helps me not to be afraid of the future.

 

chrystel_mukeba_08

 

chrystel_mukeba_14

 

chrystel_mukeba_12

 

 

We talked about the dead and I think this helped her too.  Sometimes I had my camera and didn’t take any pictures. We just talked. I wanted to wait for the right moment. My grandmother is now 92, sick and blind. It’s hard for me to see her fading away, but I’m really happy that this, still ongoing project  gave me something more about her.

 

Brussels, Belgium

 

See also:

Self Portrait

By Chrystel Mukeba

 


Back to HOME PAGE

%d bloggers like this: