In the installation Seen & Revealed, I examine and modify a set of vintage film slides purchased on Craigslist. I don’t personally know the people in the photographs and I have only a vague memory of the woman from whom I bought the crate of slides many years ago. These slides are of a couple, Herman and Ruth, and their adventures together.
Over time, I have pieced together bits of their history based on the images and handwritten notes found on the slides. Married in 1957 in mid-life, Herman seemed to be rather fond of Ruth; I find the writing on the slides and the accompanying images captivating.
Memory is mutable. It changes constantly and our experiences are continually re-imagined and re-contextualized. The level of awareness we hold in regards to our experiences is lost and regained and lost again. How then can the photograph be considered as both a record and an abstraction of those experiences?
On view at the University of Vermont's L/L Gallery at 633 Main St in Burlington, VT until December 6.