My Grandmothers though process behind how she displayed pictures, against other pictures intrigued me. I did not want to disrupt her decisions by re arranging the photographs positions.
By leaving the images in their designated places, I began by scanning pages of my grandmothers photo album and printing them page by page onto acetate sheets.
I layered the images up in different sequences. Each image in the ‘Album’ series contains 9 different layers.
I have respected my Grandmothers artistic decisions and found a way of reworking her memories.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. ~Pablo Picasso
If one person held fond memories of mine, just because they are no longer here , does that mean i can not create new memories involving them.
I will be taking out items of clothing, belonging to my grandfather and hanging them in settings which is un familiar to me.
Firstly, these places will be derelict, moving into outdoor settings, then into public spaces.
These will hang next to a written memory I have with him, along side the piece of clothing and photo. I will allow the public to walk up, touch, see and read my memory. documenting the interaction along the way.
He would laugh if he knew what I was doing, and ask me why im not still painting ‘those lovely paintings’ any more.
I want to position an object which is ‘familiar’ to the viewer and place it against something which ‘unfamiliar’.
What happens to the viewer when an object which is linked to a happy memory is positioned against something which is un-natural and something which would bring a very different emotion to the viewer when seen on its own?
While on location, I came across a disposed plastic ball, one which would be found in a childs play pen. We’ve all used them right?
I was asked who my top 5 influences within photography were. I listed my five, I was then asked to talk about one of them.
I picked this image, taken by my grandmother. The man you see is my late grandfather.
Having grown up trawling through the memories my grandmother has captured, I actually began seeing her style of taking pictures, being used within my own work. Her composition and how she captures people and ‘things’ within her works are beautiful.
By taking an image which my grandmother took, I attempted to capture an old image on a new back drop. reflecting her choice in composition I wanted to extent the image against different grounds.
This task has really made me look closer then the nearest art book and made me realize who my inspiration and natural mentor really is – Ill have to text her and tell her, she will be thrilled!
‘ava has a memory box’
I have been undertaking a new photographic series titled ‘memories’
As a photographer I am asking friends,family and the public to submit a picture of their memory boxes. This project can be followed on my sister blog here