A trip down memory lane

Hello lovely people. Did you have a nice week?

As the title suggests, we are taking a little trip down memory lane today. So we hold our hands up when it comes to being weak at the power of a memory. A person, a chapter in our lives, a feeling that you long to get back or perhaps one that you never ever want to feel again. A lot of the art which surrounds us is informed and influenced by what has come before – memories. You might remember our short film “It’s Okay To Forget”  – that too was about letting go of memories. So we decided to take a look at that.

mem·o·ry [mem-uh-ree]

1.the mental capacity or faculty of retaining and reviving facts, events, impressions, etc., or of recalling or recognizing previous experiences.

Chino Otsuka was born in Tokyo and moved to the UK at the age of ten. In much of her work she uses the self portrait as a way of exploring her cultural identity – a double identity of Japanese origin, yet one also firmly rooted in western culture.

These series of photographs give an insight into Otsuka’s exploration into the art of remembering. How do we preserve our memories? To what extent are our memories constructed? Can photography help you remember? Can photographs make you forget? These are the questions she constantly asks and explores in her work. Tracing back and trying to recreate the past are ways to deal with such issues, as many of her self portraits are situated in places where she once belonged.”

In Imagine Finding Me, Otsuka’s series of “double self-portraits,” the artist shows herself (with herself) over the span of decades, using what she calls “a time machine of digital tools.”

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It reminded us of the amazing series of photographs by Irina Werning Back To The Future.

She said “I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today… Two years ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future..

What a fantastic idea. Not only do they make you laugh, but they also manage to tug on the heartstrings somehow. Fantastic.

One of the biggest memory joggers for us here at H&P is music. All those tunes! Teenage discos, lying in bed crying over a boy, the longest hottest summers, the best friends, dreaming of a different life, university, leaving home … The list is endless. We have selected some which bring back personal memories for us, and some others in which it seems the artist is struggling with their own memories.

Have a listen, see what you think …

What tunes take you instantly back? Or are there smells? Perfumes and aftershaves? Food and their tastes?

Take a trip down memory lane … Just remember to come back!

Happy weekend

handsome and pretty

Life is all memory except for the one present moment that goes by so quick you can hardly catch it going.

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore

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