The Book of Connection

During the last year I've enjoyed sharing old family photographs on my Instagram account. These photographs I shared had been pieces of a project that I worked on for six years from 1997 until 2002. 

In 1997 during a trip to my grandparents' house, I found a cigar box of 80 mm negatives. Since I was taking a photography class at the time, I asked my grandmother if I could borrow the negatives. I printed hundreds of the prints in large format and used them as a catalyst for interviews with my grandparents and mother.

I asked my family to write parts of their interview directly on the front of the photograph. These images and the handwritten text became the starting point for a extensive research project about the transition of three generations of women in my family illustrated by the photographs they took of their lives.

I decided to rework some of these images into a book project. It's given me great joy to collate these images. I think this photographic memoir of place and generations is larger than one family or the place, the South, or time, the 1950s and 1960s. It is a common story one that not only represents the word connection but also physically displays one of my favorite quotes, "When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground." (African proverb) 

You can check out the paperback here

 image from reprints and remembrances one image from Reprints and Remembrances Reprintsimage from work on ReprintsBlack and white photo girl with camera

I have also published a children's book based on black and white photographs I took of my grandfather while I was in college. You can find the paperback of The Lazy Gardener here

link to children's book