As is said on http://dictionary.reference.com nostalgia is “a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one’s life, to one’s home or homeland, or to one’s family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time.”
This nostalgia will also relate to photographs and objects, it’s a moment where we think back to the past and wish to be there again or feel how we did when it was going on. I did a project on nostalgia back in my second year, using my trip to California as inspiration http://www.rachelmoss.clickgarden.net/2011/05/my-flash/ as this project developed, it made me think about many things from the past, the main being how much I loved spending that time with my family and being all care free and unaware of what the future held. I want to develop this look into nostalgia further for my major project.
As I have become interested in rephotography as of late, I wish to bring this into my project as well, I have begun thinking about a now and then project using my family and memories. I want to look into the concept of nostalgia and create a series that focuses on this. A few ideas for photos are finding places that me or a family member used to go to, or even still do and take along an object that makes me think of them to place into the picture. This way the photograph works in two separate ways with nostalgia, one with updating and recreating the nostalgia and also adding another item of nostalgia to the photo.
Another option is creating a remade photo album of places I went as a child, but with me the age I am now.
As my grandmother died when I was born, I’ve always been very interested in who she was, I’d be intrigued to visit places she liked by talking to my dad about her, creating a series that works with my fathers memories of his mum and also creating a kind of nostalgia for myself. Even though I never properly knew my grandmother, the objects I own that are hers and the stories I know leave me with a feeling of nostalgia or never knowing, I wish I could go back to when she was alive and get to know her.
I will begin looking into artists that work within rephotography and also who use found photography as a part of their works.