Memory Extended

PhotographerFrances Berry
PrizePortraiture / Culture
Entry Description

Photography has the ability to distort our memories and as a result can potentially alter the reality of personal history and collective memory. Viewing a photograph is an act of recollection. Recalling a moment , whether in the solitude of one's own mind or in casual conversation, distorts the very memory in discussion. Each recollection leaves behind a residue, blurring the authenticity of the moment in question. In the series Memory Extended, I use appropriated family images to further examine the flawed nature of photography and its inability serve as an accurate vehicle for memory and personal narrative.. The elongated images allow further examination of the many facets of memory, time, and the way these two forces work together. The extreme vertical canvas is meant to challenge that of the customary rectangular snapshot canvas, exploiting the flawed nature of the traditional photo format and its inability to capture anything more than a part of a much larger moment.

About Photographer

I am curious about the world. I take photographs to help me understand it better. Every photo quiets the script in my head and forces me to listen. They help me untangle myself from old truths so that I can commit myself to finding a new and more truthful existence. Photography helps me see things as they are, not as they seemed to be.