Kris Kelley Studios
artist : freelance photographer
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Altered Family Archive

altered family archive 

Date: 2015-2016

Medium: altered c-prints 

Size: each print 4 x 6 inches 

My parents divorced when I was 13. Since the divorce, my father is notably absent from my family archive, from the snapshots of my most important milestones, like my first beer (above) or my college graduation. These altered prints from my family archive attempt to add him to those important moments, usually covering the image of the person of who was there in his place. I also experiment with the methods people use to remove loved ones from photos after they are no longer part of their lives, whether it is cutting the person out or folding the image over. The resulting images alter my family archive and render a new reality that is both idealized and false.