My Childhood Album
The pain that overtook me was unbearable. I had managed to block out my childhood almost completely, and with this realization my childhood came back to haunt me. What should I do with these newfound feelings? I had to react. I had to create.
I came up with a plan. If I didn’t have a childhood album I could create one. So I started asking friends and family to lend me their childhood photos. Amongst them, I chose some that represented situations I had also experienced. But since I was recreate my memories, I decided that I could also create the experiences I would have wanted to have as a child, but didn’t. I could have it all!
I took portraits of my face with different expressions that would be appropriate with the situations depicted in the memoir photos. I used my adult face, the face that I always remembered, the face that I saw in the mirror every day, the only face I can recall. I then inserted my adult face into the childhood photos of my dreams and created my childhood album.
Using as a base someone else’s memories has enlarged my emotional dimension, not only to create my own memories but to recall also the ones of a loved one.
With this series I began to explore emotional healing processes through photography.