I became a photojournalist for many reasons, but one reason in particular has been to photograph people in situations that would have occurred regardless of my presence.
Over the Summer I spent time with four families committed to staying connected to their loved ones living with severe mental and physical disabilities. All of them are cared for daily at the SonomaDevelopment Center in Eldridge, California which is in the process of being shut down by a governor’s budget plan. The images and story appear in the Fall issue of Sonoma Magazine.
The families in the piece were all very open to the idea of having a photographer present. For the family visiting Frank Magliotto, it would turn out to be one of their last visits with him since he passed away soon after. I felt that pressure to really capture that love for a family member. I was quite often moved by these moments. Watching Mr. Farrell feeding his sister Susan french fries was such a tender moment. A simple act of brotherly love and Mrs. Walter had such devotion to her daughter Andrea.