How I photographed my mother’s last days

By Homa Khaleeli

When she knew her mother was dying, Celine Marchbank wanted to capture memories of her. She talks about how the photographs became something they could share

It’s the domestic details that capture the grief to come: a hall light no longer kept on all night, a half-drunk cup of tea, a tear in the seam of a nightdress. When Celine Marchbank, a photographer, began taking pictures of her mother’s hospital visits in 2009, her aim was just to show the “weird treatments” Sue Miles was undergoing. Just a year later, the collection of photographs had transformed into a delicate, haunting record of the final 12 months of her mother’s life.

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