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
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
"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
Intravenous Fluids, 2014
Quiet, Please!, 2015
Mom's Sink, 2015
Debbie Sue, 1967