Back in the days of analog photography the term “instant” meant to get a photo within a few minutes. That waiting time got way shortened by digital photography and gadgets like mobile phones and digital cameras. Nowadays digital photography is instant photography. Even if the digital photo can be saved, uploaded and published within a glance, does a real picture truly exist? Picture in a sense of “always in mind” for the case this photo gets lost for some reason. Today pictures are deleted without much thought or vanish in the depths of a hard drive; as a result they get squeezed out of focus and slowly but surely erased from our memory. Without having left any permanent impression on the cortex of our brain they’re witnesses of a digital amnesia.
It’s completely different with analog photo albums from our parents’ generation before 1980, where every missing picture is forever saved in mind as chronological and topical memory. Even if some moments haven’t been witnessed personally, the associated pictures are still completely familiar through recurrent examination and tons of vivid stories. “I want to revive mentally exactly those experienced and narrated events,” states the photographer on his very private project.
It’s an exciting situation that a missing picture from a photo album is shown and specified on a Polaroid, in order to restore the memories that are connected with the missing photo. The result is a photo without a photo with a story. “Some person on those missing photos is not with us anymore and will only live on through the memories that we’re still keeping in our minds. Under these circumstances the beholder might create its very own picture in mind that is also connected to his personal memories, but might differ from my own conception.” says Nitsch. This phenomenon of the personal conception and interpretation of a non-experienced situation can be stimulated by the fact that the bigger picture is shown on some Polaroid. This link allows a conclusion on the missing picture and helps to store it in mind without ever having experienced the situation.
The inventor of the Polaroid Edwin H. Land explained 1948 in the book “Polaroid, Images of America”, “The aesthetic purpose of the new camera is to make available a new medium of expression to those who have an artistic interest in the world around them …” and continued “Ideally – all that should be necessary to get a good picture, is to take a good picture.” All shot Polaroid of remembrance have been digitalized and destroyed afterwards in order that all that remains from the memory is only the memory.
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