Commemoration, a range of poetic capsules designed by recent Kingston University grad Greg Smith, preserves nostalgia in a tangible realm. Smith’s airtight vessels “preserve traces of personal scents to trigger memories” after a person has passed away. The series puts a modern spin on conventional rituals like keeping cremated ashes in an urn. Smith’s prototypal design captures DNA without contaminating it. The DNA is then decrypted in hopes that one day a lost loved one could be genetically reconstructed.
“ You have your wonderful memories,” people said later, as if memories were solace. Memories are not. Memories are by definition of times past, things gone. Memories are the Westlake uniforms in the closet, the faded and cracked photographs, the invitations to the weddings of the people who are no longer married, the mass cards from the funerals of the people whose faces you no longer remember. Memories are what you no longer want to remember.
Photographer Annu Matthew’s project Re-Generation animates old snapshots by digitally adding images of new family generations into them, emphasizing how place can remain constant as time flows onward and people pass through.
Read an interview with Annu here. Click on the photo for the animated project series.
These layered portraits, from the series Misunderstanding Focus by Japanese duo Nerhol, focus on just three minutes of a subject’s life. Because it’s impossible to sit still even for 180 seconds, each one of the thousands of exposures is a little different. Carving through the huge stack of resulting images creates a combined photo/sculpture hybrid that seems to show time passing.
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