I got married at a very young age and met the most loving in-laws. I grew closer to my father-in-law than my own father. However, everything changed in 2013 when my mother-in-law passed away. Her absence made us realize how much she had shielded everyone from caring for an old man who refused to grow old. My father-in-law, a professor of Philosophy and a published author, had suffered from retinal detachment in his midlife, which left him with limited vision in one eye. Although it didn't stop him from reading, it certainly impacted his daily activities. Losing a partner is never easy, especially after being together for more than five decades. The emptiness we felt was even greater.
The passing of my mother and mother-in-law, along with the absence of my grandparents' memories in my life, compelled me to document my father-in-law every time I visited him. I felt it was my duty to do so, for the sake of my children and myself. This photo essay serves as a journal, capturing our relationship and preserving our memories for however many days we had left together. It is a photography tribute, dedicated to the memory of 'The "young" Old Man.'