Marshall Clarke’s photographs have appeared in Photographer’s Forum and the Photo Review. He lives in Butler, Maryland.— From June 2008
Over the course of two years I photographed my grandmother Marjorie Clarke on my weekly visits to her home in rural Butler, Maryland. With her health declining and Alzheimer’s disease loosening her ties to everyday reality, I spent much of my time reading aloud or singing songs to her, attempting to hold her attention as long as possible.April 2007
On an afternoon visit, Marjorie’s daughter Mary Virginia sings familiar songs and comforts her mother.
As her Alzheimer’s disease progressed, Marjorie often forgot what she was doing. Here she contemplates her next step as Sam, her nurse, calls the pharmacy for medicines.
Unable to walk, Marjorie is moved downstairs in her home. She sleeps under a portrait, painted by her husband, of herself at twenty-four.
Marjorie asleep at her home in Butler, Maryland. During her last year of life, she seemed most comfortable in the silence of sleep.