Photo Essay

Leaving Home

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Imagine being old. Imagine living in a nursing home, possibly for several years. During that time, you become accustomed and comfortable. Your housemates become your friends and people you can depend on. Now imagine that you are told the home will be torn down and all residents will be dispersed to other nursing homes throughout the city. This means though some friends will remain with you, others will be lost forever. You will be going to a place you don't know and will have to spend time adjusting to your new surroundings, not easy at any time in life but especially not easy when you are old. This happened in 1981 and I was there to document the last couple of days these people had together. It was not easy for me either.

19 responses

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (30 Sep 2013):

    Powerful pictures and essay...I can well imagine how difficult it was for these people who had to leave their security of what they were accustomed to...You have my vote.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (30 Sep 2013):

    Amazing photos James. Tugs at the heart strings for sure,but GREAT photojournalism!

  • Donna Mullins

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  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (30 Sep 2013):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • Stefan ...

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  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (1 Oct 2013):

    An excellent documentary, thought provoking and powerful! Voted!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (1 Oct 2013):

    What an incredible series, James! Definitely gets my vote!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (1 Oct 2013):

    Such a moving and traumatic story you deserve to be published!!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (1 Oct 2013):

    I voted yes, that this should be the Story of the Week!

  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson (Deleted) gave props (1 Oct 2013):

    Very moving images, James.

  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson (Deleted) gave props (1 Oct 2013):


  • Stefan ...

    Stefan ... (Deleted) gave props (1 Oct 2013):

    Great! Very moving, indeed!

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (2 Oct 2013):


  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (3 Oct 2013):

    Heart wrenching..and captured and shown with a great level of compassion and empathy. voted!

  • Dirk Fuhrmann

    Dirk Fuhrmann (Deleted) gave props (4 Oct 2013):

    Great documentation!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (4 Oct 2013):

    OUTSTANDING SHOTs!!! and narration...

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (18 Oct 2013):

    a very powerful photo essay!

  • Elyseo

    Elyseo gave props (18 Oct 2013):

    great !!!!

  • Evelyne Schulte

    Evelyne Schulte gave props (24 Oct 2013):

    Poignant and powerful!

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