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Paradise Wavering (Hardcover)
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Paradise Wavering is a photographic stream of consciousness that explores the ephemeral, seeks the sublime, and allows visceral color to inscribe emotion upon photographs. Alice Hargrave depicts experiences or memories that reflect on the passage of time by photographing the moments on the periphery of the whirling dervish that is daily family life. Inspired by the heroic landscapes of early travel photography, vernacular family photography, and early color processes such as Autochromes, she embraces these clichés of documenting family travels, where photography's role is to harness the exotic flora, fauna, or "Kodachrome" moments from a moving car, and turns these tropes inside out. The color becomes a subject itself, leaving behind its mood and patina as a shroud.
By interspersing re-photographed vintage source material from her own personal family archive of 8mm films or snapshots, she melds together past, present, and alludes to an uncertain future where a subtext of environmental angst pervades. Alice Hargrave's resulting curvilinear narrative is fractured, frayed, and stained in color as are memory and photographic substrates themselves.