Thursday, May 2, 2013

For The People That Made Me

So I realized I haven't yet shared any of my photography on here with you guys. I recently finished a series of mine that I've been working on for a while now.

You can read my artist's statement below.

            For my final series, I explored the concept of nostalgia, family, and forgotten memories. I was inspired by a video and book from the photographer Ransom Riggs. He explored the idea of forgotten photographs and the stories behind them. I knew I wanted to do something related to the idea of old photographs, so I decided to look at my own family.
            Already interested in my family’s ancestry and being the keeper of our photo albums, I decided to dig in. I selected a group of photographs I wanted to recreate from both sides of my family. I chose photos from a few different generations as well. To execute my idea, I tried to mimic the original photograph as much as possible. I did, however, let subtle differences shine through – hinting at the viewer that these photographs are set in modern times.

            I am hoping to bring new life to these old photographs. So many of us have albums full of forgotten pictures. They all have a story to tell. Through this series, I want to revive the story held within them. The people captured in the originals may now be gone, but through myself, their descendent, I hope to make sure their memories and moments are not. 

All photos copyright Shanon Wise. You may not use my images without my permission or credit. 


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