Quiet Courage focuses on the life of my grandfather Sylvester Frank Dunning. He was born in 1932 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and has lived in South Attleboro, Massachusetts for most his life. My grandfather embodies the characteristics of his generation: persevering through difficult times and putting the greater good before himself. Through his constant persistence he developed values of personal responsibility and duty.
I am trying to connect with my grandfathers past while photographing him in the present. Through this perspective I compare my own life to my grandfathers. I was conflicted and constantly trying to subjectively photograph my grandparents interactions and domestic lives without romanticizing the way they live their lives. Its uncertain what thoughts my grandfather has of himself because he is a person of few words so I explore a history lived through the act of remembering.