Well, given the serious time away from posting, I have some catching up to do and sharing some news I received from a friend of ours seems a great way to get started.
Our friend KayLynn Deveney recently sent us an email announcing that her book, The Day-to-Day Life of Albert Hastings is available for purchase. (hooray!) My husband went out the next afternoon and bought one at Powell's.
Here's the book cover and a sample interior page:
Here's a brief explanation about the book and the project (from KayLynn):
When Albert Hastings was eighty-five years old, photographer KayLynn Deveney moved near his small flat in Wales. KayLynn took notice of the small rituals and routines--gardening, laundry, grocery shopping--that made up Bert's life. A friendship slowly developed as KayLynn began photographing parts of Bert's day. The two developed a simple yet effective method of storytelling--with KayLynn's images and Albert's handwritten text--and the project evolved into The Day-to-Day Life of Albert Hastings a poignant and profound chronicle of aging, living alone, and the small things that make up our daily lives. Containing seventy-eight photographs along with poems written by Bert, his clock drawings, and personal family photographs, The Day-to-Day Life of Albert Hastings gives the reader a glimpse into one man's life, we can only imagine what stories are left untold.
I haven't had a chance to read all of it yet and I think the photos are simply stunning in a patient and beautiful way. The quality of light and the colors are painterly, poetic. The size and design of the book is wonderful, too. It perfectly complements the intimacy of the photographs and the trusting, steady relationship KayLynn and Albert seem to have shared. It's amazing really, how commonplace the details of Albert's life and home make his story so universal and in that way quietly moving.
It's a beautiful story. Congratulations, KayLynn.