How well do you really know those that help to shape and guide you?
We all have our own narratives, from birth to death, that define who we are and what we are about. Our parents have their own narrative, our grandparents, aunts and uncles as well. While each of these people that we love (or tolerate) know and understand this narrative, to those that come to the story late, like a child, the narrative can never fully be understood. Just as if you start a novel a third of the way through, you get a part of the story, but never the whole story.
With the advent of photography, these narratives could be captured in parts. Old family photos can give you a glimpse into the story of your parents and your grandparents, but how well can you really understand it if you weren't there? Often these photos show a side of your loved ones that you have a hard time understanding - after all, your mother was a teenager once, and do you think she was the same person as you know now?
Strange Lenders developed from this idea - gaining a glimpse into the past of those that you know and love, the ones that helped to make you who you are, but within those photos they seem like strangers.
Each of the works in this series explores this relationship between myself and members of my family. I've pulled from images of my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and my mother and father to create these narratives.
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