Generations: The Visual Lineage of Creation
Join me on a journey into the past and the future through the visual arts. The focus of this journey is three generations. My father before my, myself, and my child, Harvey. What do we share behind the lens as photographers and what is different?
This project represents the end of the first volume of my zine project. Meticulously restoring my father's pictures for this project while formatting my child's photographs was a fascinating process. There is so much they have in common in how they approach photography, yet they have never met.
All of the other zines to date have been about what drives and inspires me to move forward. In every project so far there has been a personal elements revealed to me in the process of creation, but in this one it ran deeper.
Not only were there the memories of being my father's son, but also the memories of being Harvey's father. To be specific there has been an exploration into the ever elusive nature vs nurture. All of us are a product of our upbringing (for better or for worse) and all of us are a product of our environment, but we are also individuals. Is there something else, though? Something contained in the vary core of our DNA that moves from generation to generation?
All of who we are is who we are. I do not mean to take away from our ventures as individuals, but there was a forming process. Some of it was nurturing and some of it was things we had to overcome.
I would love to hear more about your experiences and understanding of nature vs nurture and the totality of who we are. Pondering this as a child and a parent is an interesting bridge to yourself.