Monday, January 17, 2011

Preserving Memories through Photographic Composite Artwork

Just as a writer or a musician uses words or musical notes to capture emotions and tell a story, photographic composition is for me a means of capturing and imparting memories and emotions. When no actual photo exists of a special memory creating a photographic composite piece can help preserve the memory. Whether I am attempting to recreate one of my own memories or dreams, or that of my clients, a photographic composite artwork is much like a story that unfolds before the viewers eyes.

Each composite photograph tells a story full of ideas, emotions and sometimes memories. The meaning may be very subtly or it may appear obvious. Either way the artwork allows us a glimpse into the heart, mind and soul of the artist or in the case of commissioned works, the clients. But how we interpret that glimpse depends both on the artists' ability to convey their message and upon our own life views, memories and experiences. For example take this composite art piece, some people that view it feel it carries a message of sadness, neglect or abuse, while other see in it hope, anticipation and optimism. What do you see? Tell me how you interpret this piece, then after a few people have responded,  I will give you the story behind this art piece.


Anonymous said...

I read this as the child wanting to go and play outside, and feeling trapped in the empty and dark interior. I am curious to know the story behind this piece.
This is an interesting way to preserve or recreate memories.
Visiting you through Rewind :)

Tori said...

rewinding in :)

In heat of an island summer day, the dark coolness of the shade is a perfect place to rest from play.

Life In A Pink Fibro said...

I see a child who's been on the beach all morning sitting and waiting out the heat of the day until she can go back and do it all again.

Thanks for Rewinding at the Fibro!

Nita Davis said...

Thank you all for stopping by and taking the time to read and respond. I am very encouraged by your responses. As for the story behind this artwork, first let me say My oldest son insists the piece is depressing and should be a poster for child abuse. Now here is the story behind this piece:
My oldest memory takes place when I was just two years old, I am in a small kitchen looking out the window behind me it is dark but outside the sun is bright and it is beautiful. Each time I have this memory the feeling that comes with it is a strong desire to go out and explore the world. So yes it is the child trapped but not a bad trapped only one of having to await the right time, knowing eventually she will get to venture out and discover the world.