On the 11th November 1993 at 11pm my brother’s existence ended. No more photographs could be taken, and no more memories made. My memories and the photographs I possessed were few and fleeting. This year my brother had been gone longer than he had lived and I found myself questioning how I remembered him. The work contained within this story is centred around the loss of my brother, how I remember my past and how memories of those events inform my current identity.
I continue to explore how photographs play a part in creating and forming our memories and how this allows a scaffold for remembrance, mis-remembrance and or forgetfulness.
Throughout this story I have endeavoured to visualize how memory and photography are related and intertwined. How can photography aid and abet memory, how do we remember or mis-remember our past? How can photography play a part in informing and forming our identity? I aspired to create a visual language whereby I could explore the absence of my brother from my life. How his passing changed how I remember events in my own childhood and how photographs of myself and my sibling began to take on new meanings in light of his continued absence.
Dawn Rodgers has been taking photographs since childhood and has always had an ambition to study photography further. Although she has come to it from a non-traditional route, she has been using photography as an integral part of her creative practice from the very beginning. Dawn is currently studying for her MA as well as working commercially, she is an avid fan of our four legged friends and regularly volunteers her photographic services for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, and is Head of Photography at a school in Berkshire.