Going through a deceased loved one’s belongings is an emotional process. One artist we learned about on Co.Design made it the center of her photo series, Inheritance. Andrea Tese created a visual documentation of her grandfather’s life by photographing groups of his possessions. We see objects that were familiar to his everyday routine (pots and pans), keepsakes he tucked away in boxes (locks of hair), and other markers of the late man’s identity. “Despite the potential sentimentality of the project for the artist and her audience, Tese’s photographs are abstracted by her deadpan treatment of the subject matter, organizing the items into grids, piles and sometimes playful arrangements that allow the objects to be assessed individually as well as en masse by the audience.” The images recapture beautiful moments in one man’s life, frozen in time, but also remind us of the ephemeral nature of our own existence. … Read More
Carra Sykes — who Lost At E Minor was kind enough to introduce us to — created a series of photos inspired by a joke her uncle made about Carra’s mother wearing her daughter’s clothes. Sykes’ adorable portraits show mom and daughter, side by side, in identical outfits. The photos bring the wisecrack to life, but also provide insight into the relationship the two women share. As most mothers love to tell their children, no one knows you better than the person who gave birth to you. Each picture is a testament to that as the family resemblance shines through and supersedes mere fabric. See more of Sykes photos in our gallery. … Read More
Documenting the lives of friends and family in a rural Midwest town, Chris Verene’s photo book Family reveals the struggles faced by declining American communities.
A Brooklyn-based artist and musician, Verene has intimately photographed the folks in his Galesburg, Illinois hometown for the past 26 years. Inspired by Diane Arbus, he makes heartfelt pictures of people and places in good times and bad — conveying the details in a few written words on the final print. … Read More