Making Memories are ultra large format contact prints. Created on colour photographic paper, the works are exposed using the light from burning old family photographs and nostalgia. As the old images burn and our memories are ignited, the light they emit creates new images by exposing the photographic paper.
The sitter is placed between the old image being burned and the new image being created. During the short time of the exposure and the final seconds of life of the nostalgia in its present form, the sitter tells the story of the image that is being destroyed to create the future work. The slight abstractions and variations in the final works draw to mind the manner in which our memories work and their own inconsistencies.
The sitter’s shadow throws their reversed silhouette onto the developing image, altering the exposure and imprinting the present moment in time and the story being told of the past, captured in abstraction. The subject matter being portraits and the process of creation is an ode to the idea that we are created by our past and how our memories can be recreated and alter our present outlook at any given moment. In an era where we are so concerned with the capturing of our memories, do we sacrifice the actual act of making them and as such, the ability to recognise the present moment that we are in?
In the work Making Memories, Walter & Zoniel reflect upon the roles of the present, past and future in our minds. By bringing the sitters into the fore on several levels, the artists highlight the multi-faceted nature of time, memory and physical presence.