Rebecca Rijsdijk

Rebecca Rijsdijk, a poet who studied documentary photography. She started feeling the limitations of the photographic medium more and more, and started writing little stories which she called ‘photographs I didn’t take.’ They started out as snippets of intimate moments which a camera wouldn’t have had access to.

The Care Home
When Rebecca started working in healthcare and she lived and worked in a small care home during the pandemic. Those intimate moments started accumulating. Holding hands with the dying, the way a face looks when it’s about to turn to dust, tears in the eyes of a survivor; these were all moments she wanted to capture.  

To deal with the things she saw, she started documenting them. Besides documenting the things she was confronted with as a carer, it also portrays the patients she worked with and the beautiful moments she shared with them.