Well what can i say really?
I found this project heart breaking, i could not fight the tears! I think i could relate to this project not so much of my dad but my Granddad, when i was 12/13 my granddad had a battle with cancer which he eventually lost. I think the video that i watched to do with this project bought it back. From the full of life to the slow deterioration of loosing there slow battle to cancer is just a horrible thing to watch and i cant imagine what its like to endure and hope that id never have to experience it again but i guess that is highly unlikely.
I think Briony was really brave taking on this project of capturing her dad slowly slipping away, i don’t think i could.I still have the memories of my granddad from when he was in full and i also have memories of him deteriorating and fading away my last memory of him was before he went into a hospice to die, which i hate so much and wish it could be one that i could forget! I wish id been brave enough to go see him before he died but i couldn’t bring myself to go see him at the hospice or go to his funeral for that matter. I adored my granddad dearly and i regret not having a goodbye I just hope he knew how much i loved him.
I guess I found this project very moving and has bought it all back to me about own personal experiences with cancer.
The video can be found on her website http://www.brionycampbell.com/projects/the-dad-project/#DadProject_PlayButton1-1000×666.jpg or here http://vimeo.com/12600297
Some photos from her website
All images are Briony campbell’s from her dad project which can be found here http://www.brionycampbell.com/projects/the-dad-project/#DadProject_PlayButton1-1000×666.jpg
I think this compares to the country doctor series by Eugene smith as its showing a story about health, life and illness like the country doctor but i also think its very different as the dad project is her view and story of her dad battling cancer where as the country doctor is following the life of a doctor for 14 days. Dads project is a very personal story and a very sad one too but so is the country doctor also being personal just in different ways.
In the video Briony says about an “ending without an ending” I think what she means by this n her case is that an ending has happened ( her dad passing away) but its not the end as life still does on.