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
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