Note from Adam to Mom,  2012    You Have Nothing to Worry About,   is a complex and difficult body of work that can be broadly defined as documentary photography.  Since 2009, I have been making photographs of my mentally ill, substance-abusing mother. Her diagnoses change frequently—from alcoholism to dissociative identity disorder—and my relationship with her has been fraught with animosity for as long as I can remember. I am fully aware that my mother thrives on being the center of attention and that, at times, our portrait sessions encourage her erratic behavior.  The photographs are simultaneously upsetting and encouraging; honest and theatrical; loving and hateful. By turning the camera toward my mother and my relationship with her, I capture her behavior as an echo of my own emotional response. The images function like an on going conversation.
       
     
  The last time Dad remembers Mom being ‘Normal’, Bumbershoot, Seattle, Washington , 1994
       
     
  Mom at Creve Coeur Lake , 2016
       
     
  Rocking Chair , 2013
       
     
  “I fell down and broke my jaw”,  2012
       
     
  “Do you need some Xanax? You’ll feel better.” , 2013
       
     
  Praying , 2013
       
     
  Wallpaper Revisited , 2013
       
     
  Mom’s Mask, Pt. 1 , 2011
       
     
  Mom’s Vacation , 2013
       
     
  Mom’s Appendectomy , 2013
       
     
  All of Mom’s Prescriptions , 2014
       
     
  “I need this for protection”, Mom’s BB Gun , 2014
       
     
  Shaving Cut , 2015
       
     
  Mom’s Mask, Pt. 2 , 2016
       
     
  Under the drivers seat, Mom’s Car , 2016
       
     
  St. Augustine, Florida , 2016
       
     
  Intravenous Fluids , 2014
       
     
  Pool Day , 2015
       
     
  Mom changing into her high school cheerleading uniform , 2018
       
     
  Note from Adam to Mom,  2012    You Have Nothing to Worry About,   is a complex and difficult body of work that can be broadly defined as documentary photography.  Since 2009, I have been making photographs of my mentally ill, substance-abusing mother. Her diagnoses change frequently—from alcoholism to dissociative identity disorder—and my relationship with her has been fraught with animosity for as long as I can remember. I am fully aware that my mother thrives on being the center of attention and that, at times, our portrait sessions encourage her erratic behavior.  The photographs are simultaneously upsetting and encouraging; honest and theatrical; loving and hateful. By turning the camera toward my mother and my relationship with her, I capture her behavior as an echo of my own emotional response. The images function like an on going conversation.
       
     

Note from Adam to Mom, 2012

You Have Nothing to Worry About, is a complex and difficult body of work that can be broadly defined as documentary photography.

Since 2009, I have been making photographs of my mentally ill, substance-abusing mother. Her diagnoses change frequently—from alcoholism to dissociative identity disorder—and my relationship with her has been fraught with animosity for as long as I can remember. I am fully aware that my mother thrives on being the center of attention and that, at times, our portrait sessions encourage her erratic behavior.

The photographs are simultaneously upsetting and encouraging; honest and theatrical; loving and hateful. By turning the camera toward my mother and my relationship with her, I capture her behavior as an echo of my own emotional response. The images function like an on going conversation.

  The last time Dad remembers Mom being ‘Normal’, Bumbershoot, Seattle, Washington , 1994
       
     

The last time Dad remembers Mom being ‘Normal’, Bumbershoot, Seattle, Washington, 1994

  Mom at Creve Coeur Lake , 2016
       
     

Mom at Creve Coeur Lake, 2016

  Rocking Chair , 2013
       
     

Rocking Chair, 2013

  “I fell down and broke my jaw”,  2012
       
     

“I fell down and broke my jaw”, 2012

  “Do you need some Xanax? You’ll feel better.” , 2013
       
     

“Do you need some Xanax? You’ll feel better.”, 2013

  Praying , 2013
       
     

Praying, 2013

  Wallpaper Revisited , 2013
       
     

Wallpaper Revisited, 2013

  Mom’s Mask, Pt. 1 , 2011
       
     

Mom’s Mask, Pt. 1, 2011

  Mom’s Vacation , 2013
       
     

Mom’s Vacation, 2013

  Mom’s Appendectomy , 2013
       
     

Mom’s Appendectomy, 2013

  All of Mom’s Prescriptions , 2014
       
     

All of Mom’s Prescriptions, 2014

  “I need this for protection”, Mom’s BB Gun , 2014
       
     

“I need this for protection”, Mom’s BB Gun, 2014

  Shaving Cut , 2015
       
     

Shaving Cut, 2015

  Mom’s Mask, Pt. 2 , 2016
       
     

Mom’s Mask, Pt. 2, 2016

  Under the drivers seat, Mom’s Car , 2016
       
     

Under the drivers seat, Mom’s Car, 2016

  St. Augustine, Florida , 2016
       
     

St. Augustine, Florida, 2016

  Intravenous Fluids , 2014
       
     

Intravenous Fluids, 2014

  Pool Day , 2015
       
     

Pool Day, 2015

  Mom changing into her high school cheerleading uniform , 2018
       
     

Mom changing into her high school cheerleading uniform, 2018