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. Corresponding to my mother’s current bipolar diagnosis, conflating these seeming binary opposites is the only way to make photographs of her that are remotely valid. 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.      
  
 
  
    
  
 Normal 
 0 
 
 
 
 
 false 
 false 
 false 
 
 EN-US 
 JA 
 X-NONE 
 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
    
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
   
 
 /* Style Definitions */
table.MsoNormalTable
	{mso-style-name:"Table Normal";
	mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;
	mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;
	mso-style-noshow:yes;
	mso-style-priority:99;
	mso-style-parent:"";
	mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;
	mso-para-margin:0in;
	mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt;
	mso-pagination:widow-orphan;
	font-size:12.0pt;
	font-family:Cambria;
	mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria;
	mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;
	mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria;
	mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}
 
                    
       
     
  Morning at the Sink , 2012
       
     
  Wallpaper,  2013
       
     
  Mom's Appendectomy , 2013
       
     
  All of Mom's Prescriptions , 2014
       
     
  "I fell down and broke my jaw" , 2012
       
     
  The last time Dad remembers Mom being 'Normal', Bumbershoot, Seattle, Washington,  1994
       
     
  Xanax from Mom , 2013
       
     
  Pool Day , 2015
       
     
  Ashtray , 2015
       
     
  "I need this for protection!", Mom's B B Gun , 2014
       
     
  Mom's Vacation , 2013
       
     
  All of Mom's Trash , 2015
       
     
  Picture at Home , 2015
       
     
  Mattress , 2013
       
     
  Intravenous Fluids , 2014
       
     
  Quiet, Please! , 2015
       
     
  Moving , 2015
       
     
  Smoking , 2015
       
     
  Mom's Sink , 2015
       
     
  Debbie Sue , 1967
       
     
  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. Corresponding to my mother’s current bipolar diagnosis, conflating these seeming binary opposites is the only way to make photographs of her that are remotely valid. 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.      
  
 
  
    
  
 Normal 
 0 
 
 
 
 
 false 
 false 
 false 
 
 EN-US 
 JA 
 X-NONE 
 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
    
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
   
 
 /* Style Definitions */
table.MsoNormalTable
	{mso-style-name:"Table Normal";
	mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;
	mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;
	mso-style-noshow:yes;
	mso-style-priority:99;
	mso-style-parent:"";
	mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;
	mso-para-margin:0in;
	mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt;
	mso-pagination:widow-orphan;
	font-size:12.0pt;
	font-family:Cambria;
	mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria;
	mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;
	mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria;
	mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}
 
                    
       
     

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. Corresponding to my mother’s current bipolar diagnosis, conflating these seeming binary opposites is the only way to make photographs of her that are remotely valid. 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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Morning at the Sink , 2012
       
     

Morning at the Sink, 2012

  Wallpaper,  2013
       
     

Wallpaper, 2013

  Mom's Appendectomy , 2013
       
     

Mom's Appendectomy, 2013

  All of Mom's Prescriptions , 2014
       
     

All of Mom's Prescriptions, 2014

  "I fell down and broke my jaw" , 2012
       
     

"I fell down and broke my jaw", 2012

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

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

  Xanax from Mom , 2013
       
     

Xanax from Mom, 2013

  Pool Day , 2015
       
     

Pool Day, 2015

  Ashtray , 2015
       
     

Ashtray, 2015

  "I need this for protection!", Mom's B B Gun , 2014
       
     

"I need this for protection!", Mom's B B Gun, 2014

  Mom's Vacation , 2013
       
     

Mom's Vacation, 2013

  All of Mom's Trash , 2015
       
     

All of Mom's Trash, 2015

  Picture at Home , 2015
       
     

Picture at Home, 2015

  Mattress , 2013
       
     

Mattress, 2013

  Intravenous Fluids , 2014
       
     

Intravenous Fluids, 2014

  Quiet, Please! , 2015
       
     

Quiet, Please!, 2015

  Moving , 2015
       
     

Moving, 2015

  Smoking , 2015
       
     

Smoking, 2015

  Mom's Sink , 2015
       
     

Mom's Sink, 2015

  Debbie Sue , 1967
       
     

Debbie Sue, 1967