Fading Memories

What happened in your life on this day ten years ago? Do you remember? I don’t.

But as a photographer, I am lucky to have a photo from almost every day of my life from the last years. It’s nice to be able to revisit memories and moments long gone by.

Sometimes, as I look at photos taken long ago, I realise that my memories are much more vague that what’s on the photo. Some memories have faded completely - the only thing left is an impression or a feeling of that moment, but very few details. Even our dearest memories fade eventually. The memory of our first kiss has possibly degraded into not much more than an exciting feeling. People who disappeared from our lives long ago leave little more concrete memories than their names in the register of our brain. Could you draw their faces from memory without looking at a photo?

So how accurate is what we remember? Which part of these memories is still accurate and which aspects did we „invent“ in retrospect?

In this project, I tried to visualise our fading memories. By that I am asking these questions: How accurate are the memories we hold on to so dearly? And what does it mean for the present if we define ourselves by a past which is only a vague remembrance or even a reconstructed reality?

All images are scans from Polaroid negatives which were dissolved in concentrated bleach and wet-scanned.

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