Video by Maisie Crow
A Life Alone is a beautifully poignant video by New York-based photographer Maisie Crow. It tells the story of Tom Rose, who after 63 years of marriage finds himself living on his own, forced to reengage with his community and battle with his bittersweet memories. Tom is unflinchingly honest in his expressions of love and fear, and his willingness to share his perspectives on life, and Maisie treats this honesty with the respect it deserves. The film is a compassionate look at life-long love and companionship, and the vacuum that it can leave. It's honesty gives it a universality, reminding us of ourselves and our loved ones, while touching on the danger in contemporary western societies of old age becoming solitary.
Produced in 2009, while Crow was working toward her master's degree, the piece is one of the best recent examples of a multimedia film created by an independent journalist, made more impressive by the fact that stills, audio, video and production were produced by the photographer herself. Visually and sonically innovative, it is a stunning piece of personal multimedia storytelling and a significant example of how powerful this new medium can be. — Anna Stevens