“the strange sense of nostalgia for something I have never been a part of or experienced directly”
I once met someone who collected old family portraits because he felt sorry for the people in it. He thought that they would be very sad knowing they ended up in a garbage can because nobody cared anymore, so he made it his task to save them.
It was a wonderful story and the same feeling came right back to me when I saw the work of Anthony Goicolea.
Inspired by old studio portraits of his long-dead relatives, he reproduced them in pencil as if they were negatives, and then photographed them as missing-person posters – appended to streetlights, trees and buildings.
The result is a series where I find, in Goicolea’s words, “the strange sense of nostalgia for something I have never been a part of or experienced directly.”