New A Life, Still Submission!

Camilla Quinn Oldenkamp
A Mother
University of Nevada, Reno
Archival Print of Enlarged 16mm Film
24 x 34 in

Artist Statement
Years before I was born and when my parents were still young, a stream of tornadoes destroyed over half our town. Among the destruction was my great-grandparents collection of photos: their life during the Great Depression, their marriage, and family holidays. Few copies of these photos existed beyond the town’s borders. I have accepted this loss and as a response turned to saving and archiving others photos, and home movies. I archive and preserve the memory of each film reel as if the family were my own. By scanning and enlarging the individual frames, information and details captured within each frame is realized perhaps for the first time: degradation over its life; scratches from being mishandled; details in the environment too small to appreciate at 24 frames per second. My audience can assess the once moving memories as large, still images.

Camilla Quinn Oldenkamp is a first year graduate student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas pursuing her MFA in the studio art and photography. She will graduate in the spring of 2015.

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