A study into the sentimentality of frames , 2014, Alexander Mortimer
My father keeps a lot of photographs of me around the house. I decided to document these as i feel photographs such as these carry such significance to my family, and i wondered if i separated them from their environment would they still carry these emotions across.
While looking at these photographs separated from their environment, i started to get the feeling that while the feelings attached to the subject might never be shared, the frames themselves, still give the impression that what they contain in them is precious, and to be treasured. Framing an image is a declaration that its contents are special, this is even more apparent in the modern age of digital cameras. Most photographs people take today will never become a physical image, and will never become the treasures people hang on their walls to display to visitors. I don’t think that makes us colder than previous generations, i just think its interesting how our relationship with images is changing. I should also say i am aware that people didn’t use every photograph they took in the past, but i think going to a developers and returning with a wallet full of physical photographs encouraged people to treasure them a lot more.