This is a slightly reworked version of the first part of my Assignment 5 submission, focusing on the series of images that form the final outcome of the Body of Work module.

This version follows my tutorial with Wendy McMurdo about the original version, and features two amendments based on her feedback: firstly, one of the text fragments has been replaced (fourth image: was “to turn up for my tutorial about the memory project”, now it is “dad’s birthday”); secondly, the light grey border on the images has reverted to the plain white border of earlier drafts.

I also changed the title from I forget, to Remembering Forgetting.

The introductory text is still subject to revision before submission for assessment.

A second post covering my evaluation of the whole course and looking ahead to Sustaining your Practice can be found here. This is currently unchanged since the tutorial.

Remembering Forgetting

I use photography to depict the unseen, the interior world, the landscape of the mind. I’m fascinated by the possibilities that images hold to provoke sensations, thoughts, feelings or memories.

With this series I investigate experiences of remembering and forgetting, and the interplay between the two. I aim to explore how our memory processes work, or sometimes don’t.

Remembering Forgetting emerged from a series of walks around my local area, noting the memories that were triggered by what I observed. The project evolved into a personal meditation on middle-aged memory, as I recalled the times my own memory has failed me. I became curious about the fine line between forgetting just enough and forgetting too much.

With this meander through my own remembered lapses I want to shine a light on the fragility of human memory. I’d like to encourage reflection on how a visual image or scene can trigger an unrelated memory, and of how forgetting is an invisible yet significant part of life.

Now please read the overall course evaluation that forms the second part of this assignment. Thank you.