Family photographs can become the visual representation of belonging for many of us as they are often the only articles in possession from our country of origin. A photograph is the one treasured item people carry with them when they are fleeing persecution, migrating, moving countries. We keep them in family albums and carry copies of them. We spent time looking at them, sharing them with loved ones.
My intention is to examine the use of old photographs in order to look at the past and how they inform the future. How old photographs assist us in shaping our collective and individual identity, reaffirming or re-examining lives we and our families once lived. The sense of continuity of culture and traditional values they convey across generations.
Apart from my own family photographs I will also explore photographs from other families and cultures.