Melissa Stewart is an Australian photographer who created this folio as part of a surrealism exercise while studying at Photography Studies College in Melbourne. The series was created as a visual reminder of a home that once existed in Melissa’s life.
“Spanish-born Surrealist and filmmaker, Luis Bunuel, wrote: “Our memory is our coherence, our reason, our feeling, even our action. Lose your memory and you lose basic connection with who you are”.
These images are mental reconstructions, collages of memories, fragments of sensory memory. Childhood memories seem to be the most special ones, they can lead you astray, pieces of personal experiences woven together, emotions and feelings all constructed into a narrative for us to treasure, our own fiction, memories are like that.
‘Many lives before us imprinted in her patina, spirits echo above the high ceilings, fingerprints remain on the thick plastered walls of muted hues, old pine timber floors creek underfoot, marble mantels and fires to sit by in winter, fragrances from the garden roses in spring spill through the multi-paned windows that rattle in the wind, verandas to lie by on those hot summer nights, a different view from a different room like paintings from century masters, rooms for all occasions. Surrounded by mountains, she sits on a knoll and the large rare Cypress tree that survived mother nature’s fire still stands proudly in the driveway leading to her door. We are all part of her energy and will remain part of her life forever’.”
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All images copyright Melissa Stewart.