Kaylynn Deveney – The Day-to-Day Life of Albert Hastings

Kaylynn Deveney lived close to an old gentleman by the name of Albert Hastings. As she got to know him, she started working on a photographic project with him, documenting his day to day life. To allay Albert’s concerns that he had about the photography, Deveney asked him to write the captions for each photograph. The project evolved into a book but sadly Hastings died just before the book was published.

The captions are handwritten at the bottom of the photo on lined paper by Hastings and one can see a gradual deterioration of his handwriting over the six years that the project took to make. The handwritten captions turn the work into a very subjective piece, very moving and thought provoking. Interspersed throughout the book are images of Hastings’ wife who passed away in the 1950’s. He had been living on his own for over forty years. These images have no captions, but one senses that they hold a very important place in Hastings’ heart – the love and longing gently slip off the pages and envelope the reader.

 

Reference List

Colberg, Jörg (2011). Presenting The Day-to-Day Life of Albert Hastings by Kaylynn Deveney [user-generated content online] Creat. Jörg Colberg. 17 August, 2011. 5 mins 47 sec. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7cUbTc-iGs (Accessed 11 April, 2017)

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