This is the final portfolio of images for Assignment 5, matching the set of 15 prints provided as part of the assessment submission. For reference, the original set as submitted to the tutor is here and an interim revision is here.

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.

Photography has always been inextricably linked to memory, and an abundance of photographic works have investigated aspects of memory. However, these generally tend to examine photography’s ability to contain or trigger significant memories; I am more interested in the continual process of everyday memory, the blend of remembering and forgetting that underpins our very existence.

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

Remembering Forgetting emerged from a series of walks around my local area, noting memories that were triggered by what I observed. I became fascinated by the notion of memory slippage, that an abandoned chair could make me think about having missed someone’s birthday. 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 complexity and 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.