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Relative Moments - Deanna Dikeman

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Chris Rauschenberg
Standard / 8.25" x 10.75"
110 pages Perfect-bound
aging, american culture, family, parents

Relative Moments chronicles ordinary moments of my extended family’s activities. I am interested in the significance of the commonplace routine of their lives—the personal moments that define for each of us a sense of home, security, and belonging. I began by photographing my parents’ home in Iowa, commencing when my parents sold my childhood home. They moved, and subsequently I realized that their new house felt like home. So I took pictures of that. My scope expanded as I started taking pictures of my aunts and uncles and their houses and yards. After my son was born, he appeared in the images too. This project captures a visual history of one family’s life, yet I feel there is an ongoing narrative embedded in these photographs that conveys larger, more universal truths about American culture, familiarity, and the endless source of everyday wonder that surrounds us. Meaning is found in the unremarkable.

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