What Was/What Is: Remembrance of My Father
When my father passed away unexpectedly, I found myself both intrigued and overwhelmed as I thumbed through dusty shoeboxes filled with old family photographs and airmail letters sent 40 years ago. The people in the photographs seemed so innocent. I wanted to grasp the images, the people, in these forgotten slides and yellowed pictures, and anchor them to the present. The photographs in this series – all of which include images of my father, or references to him – layer the past over a modern day landscape. The juxtaposition is sometimes jarring, sometimes soothing, but often tinged, I hope, with a mournfulness for the loss of time gone by. These photographs are my way of reconciling what was, with what is: to unite the past with the present: to anchor time and place.
Tira Khan is a Boston-based photographer whose work focuses on family life, familiar objects, and the intersection of landscape and memory. She aspires to photograph moments that appeal to the general public, yet keeps finding herself drawn to the specificity of her own world. She hopes her photographs — whether slivers of family life, or mundane household objects — create a tension between what is visible, and what can be surmised.
Her work has been exhibited around New England. Recent exhibitions include a group show, Outspoken, at the Nesto Gallery at Milton Academy, in Massachusetts, and a photograph