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?