Three Generations and You're Out
This project was born in an antique store when I came upon
stacks of formal studio portraits from the early 1900s. I
was looking for photographs of people I could use in a whimsical
montage I was creating.
But as I set these portraits around my office a far greater realization
struck. These faces became much more than props. Personalities sparked into
life. This woman must have been named Betty. She must have had a checkered
past. That man was named Joe. He didnt have much luck with women.
Imagination? Freaky Twilight Zone episode? Too much Bass Ale?
The moment I sensed that vitality I was shocked to realize that these once
living and breathing persons had all been discarded. Like out of date neckties.
Surely these people had family and descendants who cherished them and kept
these photographic keepsakes in loving memory.
But its not difficult to imagine the scene. Musty old photographs
stuffed into a bottom drawer. Who is this woman? Was this man someones
great grandfather? Your side of the family or mine? Hmmm. Weve got
to clean out this mess. Why keep these laying around?
It was disconcerting to see these heirlooms cast aside. Will we be forgotten
as well? Our achievements brushed away with the sweep of the hour hand?
Our memories so much dust in the breeze?
So I began to create stories around these perceptions. Letting each image
direct my imagination where it will.
My hope is that these wonderful folks would enjoy seeing themselves in the
environment I have created. A touch of reincarnation.
The first composite, Family Album, portrays our march into oblivion.
I hope you enjoy them.