Over my thirty-some years of life I remember often coming back to family albums of my mom and dad's trips to Israel, Cairo, Canada, NYC and the many places they have lived or visited. My dad had a Minolta 35mm camera - the same camera I started my photography education. He had a basic understanding of the settings and took really beautiful snapshots of my parents’ lives in the 70s and 80s. I have gone over these photos hundreds of times over my lifetime and they are what gave me a thirst for travel, new places, new stories and experiences. They gave me identity - told me where I came from and what came before me - put me in my place in this great world. I love these photos and what they show of my life and my history, some before I was even born. Now most of us keep images tucked away in iPhones and computer files. And while I treasure these digital files as well, they are not satisfyingly tactile as the eternal printed image.
These are the photographs of the snapshots in my parents' albums; ones I've looked at too many times to count. I began photographing these photos to see them again and give them new life.
Treasure the images of your past.
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Hi. I'm Suzanna.
I like running outside, eating real food and crafting beautiful images. I am captivated by authenticity, adventurers and life-lovers. I call myself a biohacker-wannabe pursuing the unconventional.
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