Re-visiting in My Mind is a photo series that uses collage and photo destruction to visually re-construct my family’s cottage in Gooderham, Ontario. This series focuses on how certain places become a distant imaginary world once you leave childhood. As you re-remember over the years these memories become eroded by time. They are shifted by ever changing contexts and sentimentality. By physically altering family archives using bleach, new colors and distortions are revealed in these images. This departure from reality is emphasized by rearranging the space that I spent my entire life finding comfort within. It is where I became attached to nature, formed bonds with family, and was free to aimlessly run around in the forest covered in dirt. Despite the familiarity I have with the cottage, there is this gap between what it once was and now. When I look back on what this place means to me I am struck by the knowledge that what existed back then will never be the same. As my family and I collectively move to a new stage in our lives the cottage and the memories within it feel further and further away. Re-visiting in My Mind is about the distance time places between us and meaningful locations, and how our access to them through our mind loses its accuracy.
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