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Please contribute to photographer Tamar Levine's project
There are 3 days left to contribute to the new project of one of my favorite photographers, Tamar Levine, entitled “Memories.” I discovered her work a couple of years ago, when she did a series on celebrity lookalikes on Hollywood Boulevard. She does beautiful fashion and portrait work in addition to various series. She recently did an amazing series recreating the daily life of a lonely 50s housewife, complete with Jello molds. You can see all of her gorgeous work at her website, www.tamarlevine.com
But her new project is a very personal one - she’s documenting her Grandmother, who was a Holocaust survivor and living with Alzheimer’s.
In Tamar’s own words, “A few years ago, my grandmother, Dorothea Austin Banner, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She is my last living grandparent, and a Holocaust survivor. I didn’t think at the time what this would mean to my family, our history, and our future. Last year I visited her in NY. I had my camera and took some snapshots of the house, not really thinking about an outcome. Looking at these photos a year later has made me realize I will very much regret it if I don’t go back to New York and take some photos of her, and document as much of her and her home as I can.”
Unfortunately, on the 2nd day of shooting this project, Tamar’s grandmother passed away. It’s amazing how having something to look forward to can propel people who are sick, until they feel like they can comfortably let go. My own Grandma died 2 days after Christmas, right after our whole family had been together one last time for her. I’m sure Tamar’s grandmother was looking forward to her visit and held on knowing the comfort she would feel from seeing her granddaughter.
Now it seems even more important for Tamar to share this story. I contributed to her fundraising efforts and highly encourage you to consider a donation, no matter how big or small, to help with her efforts.
Please visit her fundraising page here: http://www.indiegogo.com/My-Grandmother
Here are some photos she’s already shared from the beginning of the series:
Thomas Sadoksi for Bello Mag
I photographed Thomas Sadoski (of HBO’s The Newsroom) for the June issue of Bello Mag- really great guy and super fun day! We shot at Ham and Eggs Tavern in Downtown LA…Check out the shots below, or on my website by clicking here. And make sure to check out the entire issue by clicking on these words.
Styling: Ashley Weston (The Wall Group)
Grooming: Kim Verbeck (The Wall Group)
Location: Ham and Eggs Tavern
And thanks to Ollie for assisting me!
*click images to enlarge*