Some of the most beautiful explorations of family history often compare the present with the past. Hollis Johnson uses newly created images, juxtaposed against found images of his family’s past. The work was created in an old family home on an icy lakeshore in new Hampshire, the contrasting images are from Hollis’ father, a photographer himself.
The series 'Blood Runs' is rooted in time. Houses, tracts, plots, and rooms, they all maintain their own inevitable progression of the past into the present. Time warps these private spaces, placing a weight upon its inhabitants – the burden of those before.
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For Hollis, this work is an attempt to put himself in his family’s narrative, in a history “so riddled with pride and performance”. We all play a part in our family's history and this series not only deals with Hollis’ self-identity within the context of the environment but also everyones ongoing history in the theatre of family life.
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