A delicate ossature wrapped tightly in white sheets, it is the only way I can remember you.
This photograph is from a personal project titled 'Body of Life', a project I used to explore my identity, my racial inheritance, and my memories, specifically in relation to my father. The images were shot on a mixture of medium and large format film developed in a pyrocatechol staining developer. The series was influenced by literature including Maurice 'Blanchot's Writing of the Disaster', Gaston Bachelard's 'Poetics of Space', and Michel Foucault's 'The Order of Things'. Of particular interest was how memories work and they change over time. We struggle to remember pleasant details and strive to forget difficult experiences. The memory of my father wrapped in sheets at the hospital when he died insidiously mixes with all of my other memories of him. Objects of his, his shoes, his lamp, his straight razor, even something as simple as a picture of his childhood home – have now become representational of him. I hope that with these pictures I'm able to communicate an experience and the use of language in conjunction with these images aim to further the immersive nature of this experience. These images have become pieces of him. These pieces of him and memories are all that remain.
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