I came across stacks of taped up cardboard boxes found while clearing out my mother’s house, hidden away in closets not opened for years. These boxes held family memories and small pieces of family history – framed photos, letters and scrapbooks in spidery handwriting. They also held clues to lives led long ago – a well loved book, my mother’s favorite purse, a pin worn by my grandmother, spectacles belonging to a great grandfather. Invisible Threads is a visual narrative about connections and identity found through family stories, childhood memories and personal ephemera. The blending of past and present that helps us see we’re part of an ongoing story. Through these images I am able to piece together and remember the stories my mother told me when I was young. I hope to continue the family narrative with my own daughter. The prints in this collection have all been hand printed using the platinum palladium process which I feel adds to the message that time has passed.
Julia Arstorp is a fine art photographer whose work is inspired by the interplay of family stories and childhood memories. She hand prints her images using 19th century historic processes, including platinum palladium and toned cyanotype, believing this type of print making helps convey the poetry found in the family narrative. Her photography has been exhibited nationally, including the SE Center for Photography, the A.Smith Gallery in Texas, the Photo Place Gallery in Vermont as well as several galleries in the New England area. She received Honorable Mention in the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards as well as publication in The Hand Magazine. Recent exhibitions include a solo show and a group show at The Nature Center in Darien, CT. Originally from Southern California, Julia lives in Connecticut with her husband and two dogs. After owning a portrait business for over 20 years, she now focuses primarily on her fine art work and spends way too much time in the dark room.
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