By a coincidence I stumbled upon a big slide archive which contained more than 600 old Kodakchrome slides. The owner let me take them because the person who was suppose to pick this up didn’t reply. Looking at the first slides I recognized her on the family photos, they contained a big part of her childhood. I wondered if she made a mistake by giving this away? Suddenly this question felt awkward for me, usually I don’t have contact with the owners of my found footage, they remain anonymous for me. I wondered if I should return them but my curiosity won over me.
After carefully reviewing all the images, I selected, re-arranged and scanned 9 photos in a period of two weeks. I sent them to her via pm as a surprise, thinking she would like seeing the photos, also it felt weird not asking her permission before publishing them. Asking for permission in this new situation was a nerve wrecking experience for me because there’s always the possibility that she would want the photos back! After a while she replied, a bit shocked, in a quick glance she just saw pictures of herself and she wrote “who are you and why do you have photos of me?” After reading the full message with my concept in it, I felt lucky she replied she was fine with me making a series of the slides, also felt a bit puzzled why she gave them away but who am I to disagree.
It’s been three months now and the lady hasn’t showed any interest in the photos. So here it is: the series titled “A.k.a. the life of” tells the story of a young child growing up into adolescence seen through the lens of her parent(s). The photographer, I think her father, made an effort framing, staging and capturing the child’s discovery of new things, holidays, road trips, playfulness, love for animals and finally as a teenager looking into her own reflection, slowly forming her identity as a young woman.
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I stumbled upon a big slide archive with more than 600 old Kodakchrome slides
The owner let me take them
Looking at slides I recognized her on the family photos
They contained a big part of her childhood
I wondered if I should return them but my curiosity won over me
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