memory – n. 1. The mental
faculty of retaining and recalling past experience; the ability
to remember. 2. An act or instance of remembrance ; a recollection.
3. All that a person can remember. 4. Something remembered
of a person, thing, or event.
chasing – v. 1. To pursue
in order to catch or overtake. 2. To follow earnestly or
regularly; run after.
As kids, my brother loved strawberry milk. I couldn’t
stand it. Why does the image stay with me after all these years?
To evoke the feeling of chasing childhood memories during
adulthood, I took photographs where I grew up on the East Coast
and where I live now on the West Coast.
When I reflect on the past, I do not hold onto specific facts
or conversation. What I recall are the images, the way an object
looked – its color, shape, and texture. Tangible objects
trigger my memory; I can be standing in a corner store in California
in the Springtime and immediately be transported to my grandparents’ home
on North Charles Street – white with black shutters.
As I move into a new phase of my life, I recognize a strong
need to remember the past and record it, to somehow revisit
and recreate my own reality. By doing this body of work, I
am overcoming the fear that I will lose the pieces to an important
time of my life. These photographs are a collage of moments
that allow me the opportunity to re-enter my past, to follow
and claim my own memory, to hold onto and shape it as I land
more firmly in the present.