You will keep in perfect peaceIsaiah 26:3-4
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.
I want to preface this post by saying how important it is to me that I treat subjects with respect when I capture an image.
At the same time, the power of story and the impact of a photograph both require truth, and there is little truth left when we limit the story to sunshine and rainbows, platitudes, air-brushed skin tones or flattering angles.
This is why I always think seriously before publishing photographs of my parents. It is obvious to me that the evidence of aging equals beauty and character and wisdom and more. But at the same time it’s important that I support that truth with words.
So let me state, with absolute conviction, that David and Grace Maul are in every way beautiful, and that their journey into the nineties is one of grace and richness and unparalleled artistry.
The truth is also that life is not easy, and that taking care of people in the 90’s is at best a series of struggles, trade-offs, compromises, and carefully weighted decisions. What we want is not always what is best, and what is best is seldom what anyone is hoping for.
I am particularly pleased with these photographs because I believe they capture both the truth about beauty and the truth about how hard it all is.
Story about my mum:
I believe this story tells it all: When we arrived at dad’s assisted living the other day, a new resident was distressed and in tears – inconsolable. I took dad back to his room so we could visit quietly. But mum – who knew the new resident – stopped where she was, called her by name, took her hand, and encouraged her. Then my mum placed her hand on the woman’s head and audibly prayed for her. The entire room hushed, and there were tears in the eyes of the staff. It was a powerful moment.
Again, back to the scripture from Isaiah 26:3-4: “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.”
Can I get an “Amen”? – DEREK