Photography Justin Tay Returns To His Grandparents
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Justin Tay Returns To His Grandparents

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«Through the weary gaze of forced adult life, I try to recover what remains of a disappearing past,» is how photographer Justin Tay explains his photographic project Let Me Hold You Before You Go. The origin of this project is quite dramatic. It all begins when Tay loses his father and, devastated by grief, seeks refuge in the past, specifically in Mauritius, his mother’s homeland, where his grandparents still live. There, in that house and in that place, all his childhood memories reside. «As a child, I would return to this place year after year, cultivating strong emotional bonds and unforgettable memories,» says Justin, who returned here as an adult and documents the life of his grandparents, immersed in the sweetness of everyday life.

Justin Tay | Collater.al

The project Let Me Hold You Before You Go, exhibited last year at the Exposure+ Photo Festival, is a careful exploration of childhood memories and the concept of home as a refuge. Justin Tay takes a real emotional journey from which result photographs imbued with a calm nostalgia, filled with familiar scenes and objects that evoke a sense of comfort and introspection. His work serves as a visual memory, a means of recovering fragments of the past before they fade into oblivion, the same feeling suggested already by the title, which sounds like an entreaty.

Justin Tay | Collater.al

At the heart of it all lies a strong reflection on the acceptance of life’s impermanence. Justin Tay’s images, so sweet and fragile at the same time, suggest to the audience a reconnection with their memories, inviting them to seek solace in the beauty of the ephemeral and fleeting present moment.

Justin Tay | Collater.al
Justin Tay | Collater.al
Justin Tay | Collater.al

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