A really fascinating book by Marianne Hirsch, which has been pivotal in my current direction of my project. I think to understand what it is that I am doing through these conversations with my grandmother is a really important thing to do as I move through the FMP module. I think postmemory is such an interesting subject and not one that is widely talked about in contemporary photography as much as memory is. One point that really interests me as I start this book is the idea that “photographs promote forgetting…” (Hirsch, 2013) Do we rely on images to remember past events? in a sort of dont worry its on camera sort of way. One thing that I have picked up on before in the surfaces and strategies module when I first really started to look at the act of remembrance is the example of the mass amount of phone cameras pointing at the stage at a music concert or in the theatre. Everyone has this need to record but to the detriment of actually seeing it with heir eyes and remembering it. We now rely on these tools for remembering things, with more and more memories sitting on a cloud somewhere. This idea also paves the way for the way family albums are passed from generation to generation. In years to come it will be a grandparent clicking on a share link button somewhere to show the grandchildren the photos from their childhood.
Back to Postmemory then. Thinking about it in terms my own motivations to understand it, Postmemroy to me appears to be evidenced all round us. I have listened to countless stories of trips to Israel that my grandparents have taken over the years on pilgrimage, and have been on one of those pilgrimages but I in some ways remember the other ones too. I remember when Sue talks about certain people being there or when this or that happened as if I was there. Have I inherited those memories? passed down to me like the physical family album is..?