Evidence of the Missing


Re-photograph a photograph: 2/26 inspired by #USETHISPHOTOBOOK

Assignment #2 of my year-long photo challenge inspired by Henry Carroll’s Use This If You Want to Take Great Photographs is from page 47: Re-photograph a photograph to change its original meaning.

My interpretation of the assignment took me into old photo albums to show the life-cycle of the candid family photograph. What was once meant to convey life, love, energy, can now only serve as a record of the past for today’s generations and, inevitably, the evidence of something missing. And so, the meaning of our family snaps change over time, from one type of celebration to another: a celebration of what is to a celebration of the missing.

Up in two weeks: “Show beauty in the banal” from page 15 of Use This If You Want to Take Great Photographs.


2 thoughts on “Evidence of the Missing

  1. Nice. Best part, for me, is the soft focus, something I’m attracted to more and more. I’m finding the tack sharp we all strive for is starting to come across as a stick in the eye.
    Something else I’ve been thinking about is whether or not we’ve lost some sort of permanence with digital (over film.)
    Everyone loves looking through old albums and shoeboxes full of old snapshots. Will we ever sit in front of a device and flip through jpg’s? Will future devices read jpgs?
    They say it’s not a photograph until it’s printed…

  2. Thanks. Glad the soft focus translated. I wanted the focus plane on the photo book and the rest to fall off, the photo being concrete evidence, the “life” portion of the photo being fuzzy/intangible. Agreed re albums and shoeboxes. Images seem more permanent and purposeful when printed, I think.

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