Her hair turns grey, then white. More and more white. Grandma looks beautiful each day and peaceful when she sleeps. It seems time has frozen, like the frozen fish in the refrigerator. Grandpa sits beside her, watches her pass away. He sings from the Psalms as light slowly fills up the room.—Sarker Protick
Bangladesh-based photographer Sarker Protick’s ethereal series What Remains focuses on his grandparents, John and Prova, in the weeks before his grandmother’s passing. The series came about simply because he wanted to spend time with them, and they welcomed his company. Protick’s affection and intimacy creates a peaceful atmosphere which is tender and moving. His image of an empty wheelchair could easily be sinister or depressing, but is instead restful. An insightful glimpse into our final days, Protick manages to capture the sense of waiting for the inevitable.