Photography Tracy L Chandler’s familiar desert
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Tracy L Chandler’s familiar desert

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Anna Frattini

Tracy L Chandler’s new book, A Poor Sort of Memory – published by Deadbeat Club – draws from the photographer’s childhood memories and traumas, which are an integral part of her growth journey. It is a true journey into the Californian desert of the town where she was born and raised, years after having left it. Not only the desert landscapes that welcomed her – away from the morbid atmosphere of the family home – but also details that evoke feelings of claustrophobia and alienation. These very atmospheres tell the stories of Chandler’s memories, emotions, and even the ghosts of her past.

«As I revisited old hideouts in concrete washes and private bunks in rock formations, I was reminded of a past laden with trauma and my desperation to find both a sense of belonging and an independent self» recounts Tracy L Chandler talks about A Poor Sort of Memory and the process of reconciling objective reality with the subjective truth of her painful memories. In this dualism, Chandler embraced her role as an unreliable narrator, using what remains of her history to create a new, genuine photographic fiction.

«I found myself chasing ghosts and evading monsters, and I struggled to parse memory from fantasy and reflection from projection […] Do I believe that making photographs will bring back some sort of truth? My experience is the opposite» concludes Chandler.

A Poor Sort of Memory will launch at the San Francisco Art Book Fair, between Thursday 18th July and Sunday 21st July. 

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Written by Anna Frattini
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