As a photographer, I capture emotion, a story and the truth. I capture many small moments I observe in my life and the lives of others, as that’s how stories are made. In this series I took a journalistic approach to a lifestyle that my family leads every day, but that most people don’t fully understand.
My process for this specific series was pretty straightforward; I wanted it to be as natural possible to really capture the day-to-day routines and have the photographs be genuine. By de-saturating the images slightly and adding a light texture to every piece, which was erased on the main subject, it helps set the mood for the viewer as well.
This series is about the lifestyle changes that come with loosing a limb. To be an amputee means a dramatic and painful change in not only the individual’s life, but also the entire families as well. In the summer of 2006, my dad was in a motorcycle accident that resulted in the loss of his left leg. Within a matter of moments our lives drastically changed. In my photography I not only wanted to show the changes in the individual’s life, but also capture that this lifestyle is not one of misfortune. In the beginning it is very difficult and stressful and there are days that are better than others, but the days to come will be brighter and will bring a life of gratitude.
By focusing on the lifestyle changes my family has undergone, I hope viewers will have a better understanding of what it means to have a prosthetic limb both physically and emotionally to an individual and their family.