an exploration of family, personality, and what it means to be at home
"Lost In Time" is a project that began as a personal quest to take portraits of my grandmother, Josephine F. Caruso ("Jo"), who recently turned 96 years old. I wanted to capture the many sides of Jo -- her moods, her expressions, her postures, etc. Moreover, I wanted to explore several questions. What is it like to have lived nearly a century? How do we handle our dignity and self-respect as we age, and is an existential crisis inevitable? What becomes of our space? How do the elderly hold space for themselves, and for others?
During my portrait sessions with Jo, I roamed around her home and snapped shots of objects and scenes that evoke powerful memories from my childhood. Jo has lived in the same house for 40 years, and many of those years were spent with her late husband, Anthony T. Caruso ("Tony"). Tony was an avid painter. These photographs are a tribute to him, as well.
"Lost In Time" speaks to the profound relationships that I (we) have with even the most seemingly trivial, everyday possessions that belong to the people we love.
*Note: photo project took place from late 2019 to early 2020 (pre-pandemic).
Below are some old photos of Jo from the 1930s and 1940s. I used these photos as inspiration during my portrait shoots with her.