Some years ago, I inherited many of my mother’s personal items. I began taking snapshots of them. During this time, I also photographed ordinary objects I would touch as part of my daily routine. The objects I selected are by turns personal, symbolic, and generic – representing the commonly used, and the outdated. As the project progressed, I began thinking about their varying degrees of technological obsolescence, and consequently their relationship to contemporary and archaic photographic practices. I took my digital camera into the darkroom. I exposed photo paper directly to its LCD screen, and printed a series of ghostly paper negatives. Then I scanned each negative and made 50 small digital prints, housed in a portfolio box. My “common objects” have been captured from life and translated through multiple cycles of digital and analog technologies. The resulting images often suggest something other than what they are, push the limits of legibility, or suggest surveillance, x-rays, or newspaper photographs - turning the familiar into the beautiful and the strange. This video documents the project. To see more, go to lisa-young.com.