My grandma recently sent me a box of old slides and I stumbled across this stunner!
This image represents a moment that I want to enter, a moment of loving intimacy and spontaneity. The image creates a longing for youth and vivacity. In many ways my grandmother becomes the epitome of youth in this image – wrinkle free, thin, sexy. These qualities are specific to this image, but also to the general demeanor of my grandmother. In her 70s she still emanates a sort of mystique with her long blond hair and red lipstick stained lips. Though she has aged physically, a sense of youthful playfulness remains present in her spirit. To me, this snapshot is both a portrait of both ideal youth and of the spirit of my grandmother.
The image inspires my drive to create narrative moments in my work. I seek to create the sense of authenticity and nostalgia that I find in this image. This simple photograph takes me back in time to a moment and allows me to experience that emotion for myself. In my work, I strive to create moments that others may be able to enter and use as the basis for their own personal narratives.