Behind the pose

These archival images taken from my family photo albums are presented as objects which contain a patina, scratches and bends that show a life already lived. The photographs themselves are imbued with a sense of time – time taken to dress appropriately for the studio photographer, the time required for the photographer to prepare, shoot, grade and filter the image, time for the logistics of processes and on the backs, care and time to note the details or message. The backs are a curiosity containing an unknown yet familiar story with handwritten clues of special events and dates, physical traces of damage, some due to age and others from being ripped out of the album- perhaps out of someone’s life. They present a mystery for us to consider, that requires some time, some thought- who is on the front, what were the circumstances for its being, what societal codes were being enacted – by the photographer or by the subject.