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Diane Meyer is a talented photographer and artist currently based in Los Angeles, California. For her latest “Time Spent That Might Otherwise Be Forgotten” series, Diane uses old family photographs showing her childhood in rural New Jersey, and embroiders their faces to conceal their identity. “Deteriorates the original photograph and forms a pixelated version of the underlying image,” Meyer explains.

“This series is based on photographs taken at various points in my life and arranged by location,” says Meyer. “Sections of the images have been obscured through a layer of embroidered pixels sewn directly into the photograph. The embroidery deteriorates sections of the original photograph forming a new pixelated layer of the original scene.”

Diane Meyer has gained instant fame for her embroidered analog photography.

In the series, cross stitch embroidery has been sewn directly into family photographs. The images are broken down and reformed through the embroidery into a hand-sewn pixel structure. As areas of the image are concealed by the embroidery, small, seemingly trivial details emerge while the larger picture and context are erased. I am interested in the disjunct between actual experience and photographic representation and photography’s ability to supplant memory. By borrowing the visual language of digital imaging with an analog process, a connection is made between forgetting and digital file corruption. The tactility of the pieces also references the growing trend of photos remaining primarily digital- stored on cell phones and hard drives, but rarely printed out into a tangible object.

– Diane Meyer

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