Who defines the moments to be remembered and how are we represented in them? Family snapshots become eerie when the photographers presence is reintroduced as a shadow. The awareness of this manipulation questions the photographs subjectivity by author and viewer. What is the photographers motivation to choose this particular 1/125 of a second, creating history and defining anothers existence forever? Is this shadow a professional or parent? Am I, the artist, inserting myself into their lives? Or is the portrait a reflection of the viewer, interpreting the image through his or her own experiences and photographs?
This installation includes thirty-seven frames, family snapshots, wallpaper, and molding to simulate a living space devoted to the collection of a personal history. About 90% of the photographs are digitally manipulated so that the same object is present in each image: the photographer has been inserted into the frame as a shadow. Dimensions variable, this installation in Boston, MA is estimated 8 feet high by 16 feet across.