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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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Lynne' Cravens

SPE Member since 2013
Member Chapter: South Central


Grandfather examines the relationship between the living and the dead. How people use photographs to remember and to know the people of the past. This series questions the truth of memory, and the truth of the photograph.

Each image depicts a "memory" of Bruce Garrett and myself, Lynn Bowman, grandfather and granddaughter. However, no such memory has ever existed in reality, because Bruce Garrett died before I was born. These images create a narrative for our lost relationship. The idea of exploring our lost relationship comes from the death of my own father. My children will never know my father. While it is difficult to recognize that they will never meet him, I can relate to their loss because of my own lost relationship with my grandfather, Bruce Garrett. Through this series I find the gaps in my own understanding of who Bruce Garrett was, and try to come to terms with the gap my own children will experience.

This series of photographs was created using appropriated family imagery. The process of combining the photographs is not seamless, as to show the nature of this false reality. The original photographs were reproduced and combined by physically tearing and gluing the image together.

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