Electric Harvest



Trapped Between Memory and Desire

Old discarded photographs, tucked away in attics, sold in thrift shops and rescued from the garbage are like empty signifers, signs that point to a place that no longer exist. No one cares who is depicted any longer. The sad thing is that once upon time someone did. Someone wanted to be remembered and someone wanted to remember them. Those people are gone now and all we have is this testament to the pathetic truth that one day we will all be forgotten.

My family has some old photographs depicting people no one alive has ever met. I'm sure most families have the same. We have sketchy information in the form of pencil scrawls on the back of tiny black and white photos, captions in albums and half truths handed down from generation to generation. I look back at these images and realize I only know I am a descendant because these pictures were in a box that my family owns. But without that container I would have no idea whose ancestors they were.

Trapped Between Memory and Desire addresses our human need to be embedded in people's memories after we've gone through the medium of digital collage. Collage breaks the physical rules of time and space and allows for the meeting of generations of family and strangers. My own photographs appear with the appropriated one infusing them with new significance; using them as archetypes, cultural prompts, gendered paradigms and social commentary. They are left somewhat ambiguous as we look upon these alternative universes as an outsider, able to see the interaction but unable to hear the conversation.

These images are collaged in Adobe Photoshop and then transfered through the Dass alcohol process onto handmade paper. Each print is unique bearing the random defects and abnormalities inherent in the medium.


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Stafford Smith has been fascinated with the brutality of photography and how it shoves aside the real for its representation. His personal work has involved a post-photographic investigation into family portraiture, the role of the contemporary father and the relation between the camera and the subject.

Photography has been a second career for Stafford. In his previous life he worked in Japanese television; 3 years at Tokyo Broadcasting System in their New York branch as a camera man and segment producer, and 3 years freelancing in Oregon for Fuji Television and other Asia-related clients. His tenure in television culminated with 2 years at Bloomburg Television in Tokyo, Japan as an on-air presenter and writer of business news.

In 2002 Stafford returned to the arts and began studying photography at Cornell University with Buzz Spector, Jean Locey and Barry Perlus. He was delighted to combine his lifelong love of making art with the lens based mode of representation that he had developed during his decade working in television.

Since receiving his MFA in photography from Cornell in 2004 Stafford has been devoted to teaching. A 3 year stint at Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA was followed by a tenured position at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI, where he currently expounds on the medium. Stafford enjoys skiing, mountain biking, hiking and listening to jazz.



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