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Anybody can find oneself in a long-term rehabilitation centre. However some of them are fortunate, because their loved ones are waiting for them … Read More
Anybody can find oneself in a long-term rehabilitation centre. However some of them are fortunate, because their loved ones are waiting for them outside. But there are others who have nobody to wait for them. They are lonely. These elderly people have nothing but their memories and their personal items with themselves. Inside the rehab centre it means their private sphere. The belongings held in this area connect them to the outside world and to their family. I took the photographs in a long-term rehabilitation centre in Vac, Hungary. While I was interviewing my subjects, step by step I was becoming more curious about their protected private sphere and their past left behind. Read Less
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Anybody can find oneself in a long-term rehabilitation centre. Some of them are fortunate, because their beloved ones are waiting for them outside. However there are others, who have nobody to wait for them. They are lonely. These elderly people have nothing but their memories and their personal belongings with themselves. Their whole life and private sector is inside the rehabilitation centre. The belongings that are held in this area connect them to the outside world and to their families.
 
I have taken these photographs in a long-term rehabilitation centre in Vac, Hungary. While I was interviewing my subjects, step by step I gradually became more and more curious about their protected private sector and the past they have left behind. It was interesting to explore the different life stories and to get to know how these elderly lives met enclosed in the walls of the ward.
Anna Tillik, age 80 - Born in Nograd, Hungary. She worked for the Hungarian State Railways and in the rubber plant in Vac, Hungary. She has never got married.
Joseph Muri, age 63 - Worked as a locksmith in the shipyard in Vac, Hungary. He manufactured sidecar for motorcycle. He has no family.
Anna Balazs, age 79 - She was a factory worker for 33 years in the Tungsram manufacturer, Ujpest, Hungary. The drawing over her bed made by one of her grandchild.
Josef Divald, age 80 - His original profession is blacksmiths, but he worked 31 years in the lining factory, Vac, Hungary. He has no family, he is the only alive of his 6 siblings.
Anna Varsanyi, age 92 - Taught mathematics and physics, the drawings made by her grandchild.
Ilona Vince, age 84 - She manufactured flowerpot and ceramics. Her 3 daughters and 2 grandchildren visit her only rarely.
Maria Mraz, age 83 - She worked in the FORTE manufactured photographic film and papers, later in a spinning factory. She has 5 children and 8 grandchildren, they often visit her.