Strange Country

PM000000120000005130 15: 2012 § 2 Comments

In response to Nick’s poem Left Behind, about returning to his former home, here are some images I made 3 years ago when I revisited my former childhood homes to see what had changed and what memories, if any, would be provoked. It was an unsettling experience, reflected in the title of the series –  Strange Country. Things appeared familiar and unfamiliar at the same time – separated by a distance of over 50 years.

‘Never go back’, they say.  I don’t know what I was looking for, but I don’t think I found it and the memories remained stubbornly resistant to recollection.  The images are a combination of old family snapshots layered with the new photographs taken on a plastic Holga camera, the joins deliberately left visible to accentuate the feeling of time passing and the sense of dislocation I felt.The full series can be viewed here

 

 

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§ 2 Responses to Strange Country

  • nickscammell says:

    This is really very fine! The snow is particularly fortuitous, lying all frozen there, in ghost country. Memory (as it were) personified…

  • Sasi Kala says:

    Reading this blog brought memories of my own home where I grew up. Sadly I don’t have any photos of that house and it fell apart a few years ago, so I’ll never have them!

    I’m glad for you, though. Not only you got to visit your former homes but also got the photos with you to connect your childhood memories with them…

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