This is the sixth in my series "ghosts and shadows," a digital series that overlaps photographs, juxtaposing scenes from my grandfather's farm with playing children. I spend many happy hours on the farm growing up and it was a haven from some of the trouble that occurred at home, where I struggled with recovery from childhood trauma. The pieces in this series are both happy and sad, poignant but hopeful. Most of all, it's about bringing beauty and healing to the past.
"Mistaken identity" deals with the conflation of modernity (and its subsequent ideas of progress and trust in technology) with the sacred for so many of us in Western culture. Children internalize these values and at the same time have an uncanny ability to see through them as well.
August 9th, 2016
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