Imagin[in]g Reality




Apparently going backwards and forwards in time, we caption and re-caption the photos with personal stories and family myths, shaping those stories to our present identities both as individuals and as members of a group. Thus they do not depict an ‘objective truth’ and we are very careful to choose the right moments to photograph our personal histories.





We are a species heavily biased to the visual and becoming more photocentric by the minute. Photographs are chronographic aberrations, notion pictures and memento mori. ‘They give people imaginary possession of a past that is unreal.’ Every time we go through the family album we visit the dead (even if they are still alive) and tell stories about the deceased (even when it is ourselves on the photographs and we wish to assert a continuity).

They do not include, for example, pictures of the truly dead, the divorce ceremony or the parent or sibling seriously ill in hospital. Without doubt, one of the reasons is that the family is not a fixed institution, but a dynamic entity.