Family albums are a treasure trove of memories. They contain photographs of my mother and her family, as well as photographs of me growing up. I look at these photographs and I am transported back in time. I remember the smells, the sounds, and the feelings of my childhood.
I am interested in the ways in which memory can be unreliable. The photographs in the family albums are a record of the past, but they are also a subjective interpretation of the past. They are filtered through the lens of my mother's memories, and they are also shaped by my own memories..
Certain family photos especially my mother's compelled me to consider possible narratives behind the picture and reconstructing selected images using my own portrait has been a way for me to enter that perceptual gap.
This project uses photography and performance to recreate that environment.
This image: Passport photo circa 1965 (the year I was born)...reconstructed...
historically passport photos in the 1960's reflected a brief period of portraiture (reviving a historic tradition)...the subject is angled to the lens and looking off-camera...