Hold your tears up high, because the rain might just come after you read the story behind this emotional bittersweet photo collection. Photographer from Jamestown, New York, Catherine Panebianco has created ‘No Memory Is Ever Alone’ asa visual conversation between her and her dad. After finding the right locations Catherine was able to blend photos of the past with the present time. Connecting the lives of her young father and her young mother with the current life she’s having. Emotions are as beautiful as they get in this sweet project. Photo series are driven by family love and memories that mean the world to us as humans, the living, loving beings. Losing her mother a few years ago, only added more heaviness to it all. Nostalgia speaks for its self just by looking at these photos, but after reading the full story that inspired Panebianco to create ‘No Memory is Ever Alone,’ layers of magic, love, and life start spinning around in our heads and hearts. We honestly recommend that you visit Panebianco official website to read the entire story on how it all came to be; her relationship with her father and mother, their endless moving from home to home in her younger days, and the only constant in her life – her father unboxing his slides of photographs each Christmas and telling the same stories from his early 20’s each year. Enjoy.
“It’s a visual conversation between me and my dad. Every Christmas, he used to bring out a box of slides that he photographed in his late teens and early 20s and made us view them on an old projector on our living room wall telling the same stories every year.”
“It was a consistent memory from a childhood where we moved a lot and I never felt like I had a steady “place” to live and create memories.”
“I realized that by holding the slides in my current landscape, I created not only a connection between his life and mine but a trail of memories, each that had its own association for both of us.”
“A lot of these slides are of my mom, they were together almost 60 years. She passed away and I feel like her spirit, and all the spirits of the past, are constantly around us.”
“These little vignettes of family life in my current ‘space’ comforts me that she and others are still near, watching over me. They create a ‘home’ for me wherever I go.”
“[I tried] to unite my dad’s slides with how I live today – a place within a place, a memory within a memory. I hope these tiny fragments of my family’s life spark a sliver of recollection in your own mind.”
Thank you, Catherine, so much for this project you’ve created. It’s a beautiful and emotional ode we won’t forget.