This project stems from a recent discovery of both familial historical archives and multiple collections of unknown vernacular photographs. The work forms a project that uses various techniques and processes to explore the idea of physicality, materiality, and the idea of a photograph existing as a physical object. My own photographs respond to the found imagery, creating a varied and experimental flow of works that seek to address and define my interpretation of the photographic object.
Overall the work aims to create conversations between new and old images in a way that links them together cohesively both visually and conceptually. The use of traditional collage and juxtaposition along with my own photographic responses seek to keep the work relevant in our increasingly over-saturated world of photographic images.
Unravelling stories from these collections has allowed me to not only explore my own family history but to look at ideas of lost memory, and the lack of identity that comes with these abandoned family albums – Sam Forsyth-Gray.