Gena Turner

Artist Statement

I take photos of not so distant events or objects to obtain a sense of nostalgia using pinhole photography. I prefer to use pinhole photography in my artistic practice over film or digital photography because it feels honest and authentic to me. I have difficulty accessing accurate memories but I have a longing to remember them. By writing, taking photos, and making art about my past moments, I can generate pathways into the forgotten.

Most of my existing memories are tarnished or were unfortunate situations that were never meant to happen. So I surround myself in the between moments that were pleasant. I can see that in doing so it will not always last forever, even if I’ve recorded each day detail by detail, it still will inevitably fade away. Using my art can help me be present in the memory that  became intangible as time swept it away.