A Time It Was
A photo series about preserving all the beautiful, imperfect and damaged memories.
July 15, 2014 | Summer 2014
This series started accidentally after purchasing a moving box full of expired film from a Mennonite surplus store in Horse Cave, Kentucky in 2011. Through the years, I used the film for fun, places I wouldn’t normally take my heavy and expensive digital camera. I took photos of my friends, of strangers, of the landscape where I stood. Eventually, after digging through my archives, I realized most of the photos, taken with a multitude of cheap film cameras, all had a similar feeling. They’re imperfect and damaged but they’re also beautiful. To me, they represent a fleeting time, important places and people I hope I don’t lose. Like the Simon & Garfunkel song “Bookends,” which they’re named for, I want to preserve my memories. From rafting down the Barren River in the most intense thunderstorm I’ve ever witnessed or stargazing on my old roof, these are the moments that define me.
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Brittany graduated in May 2013 from Western Kentucky University with a degree in photojournalism. Since then, she has traveled from Chicago to Dallas, photographing the journey in between. Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, VICE, MSNBC and The Chicago Tribune. In her spare time, she enjoys reading conspiracy theories, biking to places she's never been before, and considering the great vast emptiness of time and space.