In 2012 I participated in the annual 50/50 Show at the Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica, where artists make 50 artworks in 50 days around their proposed theme. My theme was “visual musings on Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’”.
For inspiration I did extensive internet research on images depicting life in the South during the 1920s, 30s and 40s and was astounded by how many wonderful old photographs are for sale on eBay. For most of the images for sale, the people and places documented by unknown photographers are lost to history. It made me sad to think about all those orphaned memories that will forever live on in the hearts of the few living relatives, but will, for the most part, be forgotten.
So, this series is my way of taking those images and giving them new life. I‘ve tried to re-imagine the context of the imagery and guess at the circumstances under which the original photographs were taken. In my continual eBay searches I’ve noticed reoccurring themes, and have tried to incorporate those in a way that speaks to the humanity that connects us all.