Gold Winner

The Persistence of Family

Photographer

Diana Cheren Nygren

Category

Fine Art Photography - Photomanipulation

Company

Diana Cheren Nygren Photography

Submission Group

Professional

Year

2022

Country / Region

United States

Our connections to our ancestors and our descendants often feel stronger than connections to those around us. I often wish my children knew my grandparents. These are portraits of my children as the product of a history of lives lived and intertwined, each effecting and shaping the other.

The images in this series are composites of my old family photographs, photographs I took of my children as they grew, and the New England landscapes in which my children and I grew up and became people. With these images, generations reach for each other across time. They are also, in many ways, self portraits. I exist in the tension of the space between those who came before me and those who will come after. They are driven by a longing for connection that makes real those things I hold dear.

Though rooted in personal narratives, the pictures address a universal experience. They interrogate the way in which our family relationships and history play a role in shaping our sense of ourselves and our understanding of our place in the world. They raise questions about genetics in determining identity and connecting people who have never met. And they suggest that perhaps the present, in each of us, contains both the past and the future. Ultimately, "The Persistence of Family" portrays the layered process of becoming, and the complex interweaving of time, place, and identity.

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