Alhambra Farewell

1994-2002

Artist Statement at bottom of this page

more to come

Installation images; Life Stories; Fifty Years of Black and White Photography, Gallery 21, Spanish Village, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA, April-May 2019

      Alhambra Farewell Artist Statement

   

          I was born in 1950.  When they brought me home from the hospital it was to the house pictured in this collection.  It was the center of my extended family’s activities for almost 50 years. And since my parents never moved during my lifetime, I could always “come home”.  My father died in 1985. Although it was a very large house for just one person, my mother stayed there because of the memories, because it was home.

         Parents teach by example.  Our last lesson came in the summer of 1995 when my mother succumbed to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in her room on the 2nd floor.  Neither my brother, sister nor I lived in the area and the decision was made to sell the house.

            In the six months before our home was sold, I drove up from San Diego most weekends to photograph the house in an effort to make a visual reminder for myself and for all who had shared our home during those many years.  It was also therapeutic for me, dealing with this important transition in my life.

            Creating these images was an exhaustive process both mentally and physically.  It was over five years before I felt the time was right and that I was ready to print these photographs.  Although this has been a very personal journey for me, through sharing these photographs I have found many people who had a relative or family friend with a similar home from a fading era.  Perhaps you will find some connection here as well.

           Please note: The original silver gelatin prints are on Forte Warm Tone paper and slightly selenium toned, best represented by "The Patio" and "Ol' 125" in color. As most of these digital representations are scanned from the original negatives, currently they vary somewhat in tone. I plan to correct that in the near future.

Will Gibson Photography