Silver 2018 / People / Family

99 and Counting

  • Prizes
    Silver in People/Family
  • Photographer
    Maartje Brockbernd

Research indicates that we are, as a society, lonelier than we have ever been and no other age group feels loneliness more than the elderly. Elderly can contribute a lot to their families, share their stories. There’s a wealth of knowledge that can be passed on to the younger generation—if they can remain engaged. Henny is lonely as well. Since her 99th birthday, in July 2015, I’m visualizing how her life looks like. She has no children and many friends no longer live. Her hearing problems increase her isolation.

The work of Maartje Brockbernd focuses on social issues; capture unseen and ignored realities. The main goal of her projects & assignments is to tell the true story about a person with a special background, without judgment. This can be a subject which involves a larger group of persons or just a small story around the corner. Trying to start the conversation with society, sustain public attention and working towards social change.