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Photographer Captures the Devastating Effects of Mental Illness in Her Family

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Chicago-based photographer Lisa Lindvay opens the door to her home in an intimate portrait of a family coping with mental illness. Though Lindvay’s mother is absent, the signs of her struggle are present in every frame, each image heavy with abandon and quiet exhaustion. Here we are privy to the deeply private tale of her father and sibling’s lives behind the closed and musty blinds, the grimy floors and junk food artifacts a constant reminder of what is broken and missing. The family maintains a stoic presence throughout the series, belaboring with an almost classical melancholy in the everyday tragedy that has befallen them. The crumbling home a metaphor for her mother’s deteriorating state of health, Lindvay’s ongoing work is a radically bare and powerful examination of familial survival when all feels lost.

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  • colleen7

    I was expecting a full time working dad with a house full of little kids, splitting his time between a hospital and home. What is the matter with these people? You’re adults. Wash your own dishes, learn to cook a real meal and throw your trash away! Don’t blame your mother’s mental illness for the fact you all choose to live in filth.

  • Michm

    Wow. An utterly naive and graceless comment.

  • nemo295

    My mother was mentally ill, and my sister, father and myself were left to cope with the situation as well as we could. So I can empathize–up to a point. In situations like this, someone needs to step up to the plate and assume some domestic responsibilities. Just because Mom isn’t able to clean house and do your laundry it doesn’t mean you get to slack off and trash your home. Mom may be ill, but the rest of this family are losers. You decide which is more worthy of our sympathy.