My last post included inspiration shots of what other artists have done with the idea of branching. Now it's time for me to start narrowing things down. One of the ways I do that is to list all the possible ways to go and then begin to whittle them down to something I am interested in. Then I go through my photos to see if there's anything there to prompt me. My own photos or photos of family history make it personal. I usually find I have been attracted to ideas before I label them.That's what happened with my wallpaper and object work in the Remnants series.
I started with these documentation photos I received from a relative. They that were taken of the homes in Argentia, a community where my father's family lived. They were resettled into neighbouring communities when a US Naval Base was scheduled for construction on the site of their town. Newfoundland had three US bases in its history.
Apart from the aching sadness I feel for all the families, one of the things that hits me in the photographs are all the fences that direct the flow of foot traffic and keep people out or animals in. I was surprised by how prominent fences were in a place that was described to me in very idyllic terms from the time I could walk and talk. How sad that all this marking of territory was for naught because they lost it all in the end , and received an embarrassingly small sum for their properties.
branching fences to protect livestock
How Argentia looked in my father's day.
The main runway and side arteries branching from it that provided the new boundaries for this once fishing community.. My family lived around the pond that can be see at the upper left.
I have no idea who the original photographer of these photos was but I give credit for capturing a dying community.