melissa itzkowitz photography
losing balance
This project is a tribute to my grandfather. Once a photographer, he is now confined to a wheelchair after many years of bad falls, including one that left him with a broken neck. Losing Balance is a conversation between his family photographs over a span of nearly thirty years and my photographs of him living in the halo and of neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens that were of significance to him. Ultimately, the photographs reflect both a change and a consistency over time. As the people in our photographs have aged and evolved throughout sixty years, so too have the neighborhoods in which my grandfather spent his time. Despite these changes, there is also a remarkable amount of continuity in our photographic styles and in the relationships of the people in our photographs. Together, we bend and reflect time through the ways in which we see the world and our relationships to the people and places in it.