Reconstructing Memories

Right now, I’m preparing for an exhibition and all I can see around me are pieces of a collection that’s been steadily growing over my whole life. Toys, cameras, toy cameras, ViewMasters, postcards and other ephemera that I feel is important to hang onto. This particular collection of vintage toys and miniatures make up a diorama installation I’ve been adding to over the past 6 years. It’s part of a larger narrative about memories, authenticity, and family photos constructed as complete fictions or staged half-truths.

One of my favourite things to do is visit flea markets and antique shops to look for that certain something. I love the slow pace of scouring through markets but sometimes deadlines force me to go to eBay if I need a specific item sémak. My latest addition is the Mamiya C220 that I am excited to start shooting with! It’s built like a tank and works beautifully. I will be shooting with her this summer and I’ll be sure to post the results!

What do you like to collect?

-JT Arcand

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