Retrospective Innocence

Retrospective Innocence

This project explores the complexities of childhood and the psychological shift that occurs through a loss of innocence. The work was inspired by looking at my own childhood photo album images and experiencing a sense of disconnect with the virtue and spirit in the photographs.

Scanned childhood images from my family photo album were used to create the cyanotypes. The series of cyanotypes were printed on drawing paper and vellum, and then painted, torn, and sewn back together to visually represent the fragmented and transient memory of one’s youth.

To quote Susan Sontag’s On Photography, “A photograph passes for incontrovertible proof that a given thing happened. The picture may distort; but there is always a presumption that something exists, or did exist, which is like what’s in the picture.” Thus, as I experience memories of childhood and the notion of innocence through these images, the retention and sense of purity are fleeting.

© Deedra Baker 2014
Wayne
Got Me a Cake and Balloon

© Deedra Baker 2014

10/19/89

© Deedra Baker 2014

Is One Year Old

© Deedra Baker 2014

Loot from 4-H Carnival

© Deedra Baker 2014
Jan., 1990

© Deedra Baker 2014
12/23/89

© Deedra Baker 2014
Brianne Took This Picture

© Deedra Baker 2014
At Phyllis Jackson’s House

© Deedra Baker 2014
9/9/90

© Deedra Baker 2014
Slept Through the Party

Deedra Baker 2014




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