Are We Stardust?
Photographer Amy Friend from Ontario, Canada, searches vintage markets for photographs that she alters with pinpricks and through which she shines light. She recently published the book, <a href="http://www.photolucida.org/amy-friend-2/" target="external">"Dare all Luce,"</a> an Italian term meaning, "to bring to the light," which won Photolucida's Critical Mass Monograph Award out of a field of 200 finalists. This image, "Are We Stardust?" is one of Friend's favorites.
Friend told ABC News, "My previous work presents a particular interest in the family album and this continual interest led to my focus on what I like to call the ‘lost images’ that are without a home."
Friend says albums in her own collection that were handed down to her by her grandmother contain images that she considers "lost," because the people in them can no longer be identified. "I wanted to make these photographs precious again, to somehow validate that loss," she told ABC News.
It is Epic
"Initially, I began by embroidering on the photographs. I aimed to transform them into a new object. While sewing I would hold the photograph to the light in order to determine the placement of the pinholes. I recognized that the pinholes themselves were far more interesting to me and decided to work toward exploring that avenue in the work," Friend told ABC News.
This is Me at 9 Years Old
"The titling of each piece is of particular importance to the meaning of the entire series; some titles were taken directly from the notations found written on the photographs, yet those without any indication of provenance were titled to reference the nuances of photography as a medium and the manner in which we interact with these images," Friend told ABC News.
They Still Bloom
"After working on a few photographs from my personal albums, I thought it important to look for images that did not directly relate to me. I began to search in vintage markets and online. I have also had people give me albums of old images that they no longer want. But in the end it is the questions of life and of humanity - our humanness that attracts me to the photographic medium," Friend told ABC News.
Friend worked on this project from 2012-2015. "Sometimes the photographs would have minor notations that indicated a place or timeframe and at other times the history was completely lost. This presence and/or absence of history became an important part of the work which is why I concentrated on the vintage imagery. I may work with contemporary images at some point to continue to grow and build on the new ideas formed from this work," Friend told ABC News.
Dec. 11, 1916
"To put it simply [the photographs] are about us. You and I, and what we hold onto and love. It is about joy and loss--the little moments that slip by. But, it is mostly about the magic that IS this life," Friend told ABC News.
Before the War
"As I continued to work on this series, I became more aware of the weight each photograph carries. They display moments of love, excitement, solitude, and fragments of stories that will remain unknown," said Friend.
We Are Reflections of Light
"Dare Alla Luce" was published by <a href="http://www.photolucida.org/amy-friend-2/" target="external">Photolucida</a>.