RURAL ROOTS

05/22-08/22

We all come from somewhere. Our ancestors set the stage for us and cleared the way to the lives

we live today. For better or for worse, we stand on their shoulders.

 

This project began when I looked through the very old family photo albums that were left behind  after my parents died in 2016 and 2017.

They had been stuffed away in the back of a cupboard, and I had never seen them before, so I hung on to them. I put them away, in the back of a cupboard at my house.

It was four years before I went through them thoroughly and appreciated them for what they were; a material link between myself and those who came before.

Some were also just really great images.

 

On both sides of my family, the generations before my parent’s were rural folks, making their livings and raising their families on farms in

Southern Ontario, Canada. It is this knowledge that drew me to the countryside just beyond the city limits where I live today to make new images and to attempt

to make visceral contact with the past through photography.

 

This project explores the visual and emotional connections that bind my family and the rural landscape by combining newly made images with

family photos from the 1920’s through the 1960’s.

This is a work in progress and was submitted as part of the MA Photography program at Falmouth University.

It is also part of the Landings 22 student online exhibition.

This is the music I listened to while editing these images. Click the arrow to listen.