Deanna Dikeman from Iowa, USA, was a young photographer when she decided to take pictures of her parents every time she said goodbye to them before leaving.
Deanna was married and lived near her parents and visited them as often as possible.
The woman photographed her parents for almost three decades, until the end of their lives.
She installed this whole touching timeline with goodbyes from her parents in an album.
Deanna Dikeman’s parents sold her childhood home in 1990. They moved to a bright red ranch house in the same town.
Dikeman documented his beloved parents’ retirement idyll.
At the end of their daughter’s visits, like countless other fathers and mothers, Dikeman’s parents would walk her to her car, stand in front of the house until she got in her car and drove off.
It was in 1991 that she first decided to photograph them in the same pose, saying goodbye to him.
For years, whenever he left, Dikeman photographed his parents at the same time, rolling down his car window and pointing his lens at their house.
In 2009, Deanna published part of the series as a book called “27 Farewells.” »
The photos of each season had their particularity. In the summer, for example, they sent kisses from the driveway. In winter, they wore scarves and stood behind piles of snow.
The years passed and they grew older. Dikeman’s father left this world first, at the end of 2009.
In his last image, he was resting a hand on the handle of his cane.
Deanna continued to photograph her mother until 2017.
And that year, the mother moved to a nursing home and soon after passed away.