Donneuse apparentée / Related Donor
This photographic encounter is, above all a story of life, of sharing and of love. In times of illness, to live becomes a constant quest.
I started photographing my brother Henri the day when I learned he was suffering from acute leukaemia. In the beginning it was me who felt the need to photograph him. In the end it was he who asked to be photographed. My camera became my best friend. It served as a barrier between myself and the world. It watched me during my stem cell donation to my brother and it accompanied and joined us together during this whole life experience.
Under the sheets, the metamorphosis happens slowly. The blood flows through the intravenous line and enters his body. In the hope of a rebirth, a battle takes place in the darkness of his cocoon.
A butterfly appears. Henri followed his path, he left sooner than expected.
This photographic work was carried out in Switzerland between May 2008 and August 2009. Henri died at home on 5 August 2009 at the age of 23.