Photography and memory are equally unreliable as sources of truth. I examine this issue by constructing anonymous photographs, sometimes completely removing evidence of identity from the image entirely. This provides the observer a blank slate for which to impregnate with his or her own readings.
Family Snapshots is a performance art piece that explores repetition of composition throughout visual communication. The compositions used for the performance are sourced from forgotten family photographs—chosen for their candid style to reinforce the pervasiveness of the basic visual vernacular. By recreating the original photographed scenes and stripping them of identifiable environment and subject, the compositions become visual morphemes. Through the process of creating Family Snapshots the photographs mutate from documented memory, to a performance honoring the image, to a sterilized representation of something entirely estranged from the original.