Good Morning! What Can I Get For You?

These are the routine breakfasts of 45 seniors who live and have lived at the retirement home where I work. Almost exclusively enjoyed at home, breakfast is the most personal meal. It tells a lot about a person, way beyond their likes and dislikes. Through routine morning interactions, I have committed all of these orders to memory, and have written them down, once again like clockwork, for my portraits of these elderly residents. I am able to bring their meals, no longer needing to ask for their orders. By doing this I know that all of these lovely people feel seen, known, and understood. It is this understanding that compelled me to create these portraits in this manner.

Isabella De Tullio

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One thought on “Good Morning! What Can I Get For You?

  1. Wonderful to see this! I hope you make it into a proper book, it’s a touching series of portraits through breakfast, and in your simple handmade text and drawings – each unique – it’s totally charming and evocative not just of what people eat, but of an intimate and thoughtful relationship you have with them – and the scope of it – the number of breakfasts is impressive and makes your commitment visible – to the project, and to the people you are feeding. A great interpretation of this project Isabelle! I can’t wait to have you in Experimental again!

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