States of Mind

A woman struggles from her bed, a sunflower confined behind a screen.

Remembering Kathy

I had been doing a portrait of Kathy, a farm wife. She was weak from her struggle with cancer and was mostly confined to bed. For her picture she asked for assistance so she could sit with some degree of dignity in a chair next to the window.
When I finished I went outside to look at the farm and see what else there might be to photograph. I saw this flower struggling up behind a window screen in an old shed. Now when I see this image I also think of Kathy's struggle. She passed away a few months after I did her portrait.