“You should go to the past looking not for messages or warnings, but simply to be humbled by the weight of human experience that has preceded the brief flicker of your own few days.” – Pat Barker, ‘Another World’
Family photograph albums, while documenting our everyday lives, construct an idealized version of family history. The photographs make sense of our past and assert our identity as a member of the family group. While the albums do not actively lie about our past, the inclusion of various events and the omission of others allow us to document our histories, as we would wish them to be seen and remembered. My fascination with early photographs, their style and techniques and the memories they invoke, has led me to construct a family photograph album showing the role of women in the past. Using my daughters as models I created a dialogue between family members from the past and the present generation. Thus the present generation could learn about the lives of their female predecessors. These photographs are taken from the album. Although they are taken in the formal posed tradition of Victorian photography I have used modern technology, a computer and Photoshop to manipulate them.
Pam Berridge earned an MA in Fine Art at the University of Wales where she is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Fine Art and teaching classes in photography. A teacher since 1972, Pam has shown her work in the United Kingdom at the Tabernacle Gallery in Machynlleth and the Art Center in Aberystwyth. Her images are included in private collections in Britain, Holland, South Africa, Germany, Norway, and Australia and have been published in Exhibit magazine.