Memories, like the gelatin that coats our photographs, affix themselves to precious family images. These photographs provide us with stories either remembered or retold. However, similar to the actual memories, the photographs only provide a partial story. A moment in time captured on film. Once the shutter clicks, once the moment takes place, it is gone, and those within the borders of the frame no longer exist. Once the moment is over, it begins to recede into memory. The preciseness of detail begins to mutate. Therefore, both the memory and image are suspect.
Through my thesis work, I explore this relationship between childhood memory and photography. I examine the capacity for distortion that is inherent in both. Through the use of my own childhood images, cropped and manipulated, as well as dolls and other childhood toys, I create new photographs and objects that are meant to question the "truth" in photography and in our memories.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Photography, Artistic--Themes, motives; Photography, Artistic--Technique; Memory in art; Children in art; Truth--Psychological aspects
Imaging Arts (MFA)
Amy Van Dussen
Borg, Biffy, "Constructed memories" (2005). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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