Something Other Than I Had Planned is an extended portrait of my mother, exploring themes of representation, familial roles, the archive, and personal narrative. Curating existing images from our family archive as well as creating my own visual documentation, the series examines both the current life and past history of my mother in an attempt to understand her as an individual and our evolving relationship as mother and daughter. Rooted in research of historical representations and understandings of the mother figure, as well as photography's history as a tool for preserving and examining the past, I explore ideas around nostalgia, the family album, and mortality.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Carpenter, Judy--Portraits; Mothers--Portraits; Aging parents--Portraits; Portrait photography; Artists' books

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School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (CIAS)


Halpern, Gregory

Advisor/Committee Member

Lieberman, Jessica


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works. Physical copy available through RIT's The Wallace Library at: TR681.M67 C37 2013


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