This work is all sourced from old family photographs and Polaroids which have then been scanned at high resolution (maintaining the integrity of their original size), and then made into digital negatives for use in platinum palladium prints. The prints were then combined with various types of Japanese printmaking paper, and painted, drawn and written on using loose pigments and ink.
The series reflects a lot of the anger, alienation and resentment I have often felt towards my family and my own self and disability, but it also begins, toward the end, to reflect a little bit of love and hope. Though begun for my senior project in my photo BFA, this is an ongoing project.
I can create unique custom works of your own family photos if provided. This series and the cyanotype works can serve to demonstrate my style.
This project began as a personal exploration of much of my grief and anger following the death of my maternal grandfather. Even having grown up spending my summers at my grandfather's and uncle's houses in East Texas, I felt that I did not know them as much as I should. So I began to delve in family photo albums as a way to process my emotions, both positive and negative.
I reprinted the photos as platinum palladium prints and then hand colored them. The repetitive motion of the printing process, as well as learning how to be precise with it, helped me to emotionally process the images. The platinum printing also gives a level of respect to the subject.