Twenty years after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1988, Patricia Lay-Dorsey took the first self portraits for what has become known as Falling Into Place. This ongoing project documents Patricia’s day-to-day life with an intimacy and openness that is unusual. She says, “I simply want to show that I may do things a bit differently, but, in the long run, I am pretty much the same as everyone else.” Since moving to a motorized scooter in 2000, Patricia says, “I am more apt to know the design of a person’s belt buckle than the color of their eyes,” but that just gives her photos a unique point of view.
Falling Into Place, has been featured on the New York Times Lens blog, Visura Magazine, Burn Magazine, Fototazo, Lenscratch, New Mobility Magazine and in Catherine Edelman’s The Chicago Project. The image below was included in the 2011 Beauty CULTure exhibit at The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. Falling Into Place received 3rd prize in the 2010 FotoVisura Grant for Outstanding Personal Photography Project. David Drake, Director of Ffotogallery in Cardiff, Wales, UK, has begun work on publishing the book.
-courtesy Patricia Lay-Dorsey.