My Father’s Medical Bag

Ampules

 

Photographer Patricia Sandler is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay.  From the project ‘Finding Our Fathers’.  To see Patricia’s body of work, click on any image.

 

Book of poisons

 

Scissors

 

Medical bag

 

Stimudent

 

Finding Our Fathers I

After my father passed away, I searched through his briefcase and other items to find the remnants of his life. I’ve kept the briefcase in my closet all these years, along with some other objects found in the drawer of his nightstand.  I felt a calling to revisit these things lately, some eleven years after my father’s passing, and in doing so,found a new level of thought and memory pertaining to him, and to my relationship with him.  When I told a good friend about what I was doing, she exclaimed, “Oh, I have my father’s medical case”, and so we went in search of a life lived.  Fathers and daughters have been written about, thought about, examined and dissected.  What interests me about this project is the relationship daughters maintain with their fathers once their fathers have passed on.  What are the objects daughters choose to save, and what stories are told by their contents.  With both my father’s briefcase and her father’s medical bag, we photographed the items, held them, looked through them and felt in a small way to be with those men who had so influenced our lives.  Sometimes because of what they taught us, and sometimes because of how we pushed against it, but always with their presence and the memories of what had been.

 

Benadryl

 

Ear scope

 

Gentian violet

 

Poisonous fish

 

Prescription pad

 

Powders

 

All images & text © Patricia Sandler

 

 

See also:

Family Outcomes

By Patricia Sandler

 

 

 

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