Pool of Memory
As we experience life the details of our past start to fade away. Some events are more vivid in our memory then others. Photography has the ability to freeze moments in time, in more detail than our memory can recall. Silver Gelatin prints left in water for a period of time react to the water and change occurs to the photograph. The water and silver mix to create a new photograph. The print becomes fragile and can never be returned to the state it was in before. It has been influenced by its surroundings and starts to wash away. Through the destruction of the photograph, the details of the image become obscure. The limited view forces the viewer to question what they are looking at. The image alters our perspective and mimics the destruction of our memory and the preconceived notion of photography. Memories can be influenced by photography. The line between true recollection and the viewing of photographs become blurred. We can create false memories, memories we only have from looking at pictures, or hearing stories. Our true memory becomes destroyed and a new memory influenced by the photograph is left.
Hansen, Elizabeth, "Pool of Memory" (2014). Graduate Research Symposium. Paper 36.