For many years I have collected old snapshots, carte de visites, and portraits, from Central and Eastern European countries and also from America. These photographs celebrate all the promises of life – marriages, special occasions, and family gatherings. I often wondered how these photographs came to separated from their owners and their descendants, ending up in dusty junk stores and flea markets. I considered many scenarios. Did they immigrate to the New World? Were they taken to concentration camps? What choices did women without family or financial resources face? What social issues did homosexual couples deal with in the early 20th century? Were the marriages happy? Were life expectations fulfilled or not?
In this body of work I have combined found images, my own black and white photographic work and other scanned materials to create fictional narratives for these ‘lost’ individuals.