A photo a day – relations

This collage is of my immediate family but at different times in there lives. The shots of Greg, Karen and Alex are quite recent but the others are not.  I think the viewer can tell the relative age of the photos by all sorts of things: the style of dress eg mum as a girl in Wales when she was evacuated or me in 1973; the type of photography, such as granddad’s formal photo.

I truly love photographs: snapshots of times never to be recovered but always frozen and so viewed in new times through eyes with different knowledge. But what was interesting is 1) the difference my cutting the images out made rather than presenting them as a series of rectangles. To me that act makes the images’ representation seem more personal (as of course does the labelling choice); and 2) how photos define people. For example, Jim is presented here as a little boy but went on to become a Professor of Applied Psychology and gain a CBE; My dad’s dad is shown as an old man yet he was only 56 years old when the photo was taken – my age!

I wonder what Barthes – or your – take would be on my images?

About Pete

South Londoner struggling with life, art and photography.
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2 Responses to A photo a day – relations

  1. Catherine says:

    I’m pondering the difference between cutting out around the image and rectangles. Do you think the former gives more importance to the individual images? Were you fitting them into a pattern that made particular sense to you or was it just about size and how they fitted together.


    • anomiepete says:

      Yes, I’d agree that I think the rectangle keeps to a convention that makes the images more formal whatever their subject matter/style and so by removing it the effect is more representative of a personal scrap book type of approach.

      The concept was purely about familial relationships to me but the execution was less about creating any pleasing or logical pattern in their relationship to me, and more about images that I like for one reason or the other and fitting them into the area.



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