Dear Photograph

Get Back To Where You Once Belonged

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The response is as old as photography itself. A small photographic image that you hold in your hand, a miniaturised depiction of someone or something from the past, throws you off-guard in the present.

Snapshots, in particular, have a way of churning up memory and emotion and, every once in a while, helping us to reexamine our personal histories from a new perspective. The materiality of snapshots, their papery vulnerability and smooth surfaces, contributes greatly to our experience of them and their impact and power. Run your finger over one and a yet-to-be-understood, sense-memory experience takes hold. Neurological gates swing open. Time compresses. Feelings swell. Unresolved or loose threads of experience fall into place.

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Published in Photoworks Issue 18, 2012
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