Location: Jamestown, New York, United States
“No Memory is Ever Alone” is a visual conversation between my dad and I. My dad used to bring out a box of slides that he photographed in his 20s every Christmas and make us all view them on an old projector on our living room wall. We all moaned and groaned about it. But it was a consistent memory from my childhood.
I realized that by placing his slides in my current landscape, I created not only a connection between his life and mine, but a trail of memories, each that had its own association for both of us. By adding his slides of ancestors to my landscape, it feels like their spirit is still here with us, guiding us through our present-day life. That feeling of connection with family that is gone is comforting to me.
I did not want to Photoshop that connection. Part of my process was to find the right location and literally feel my dad’s slides united with how I live today – a place within a place, a memory within a memory.