The Mylio Grant: Memories and Stories
These are all of the past grant recipients, newest first.
A year ago †friends of mine won the Green Card lottery and moved to the United States of America . They had decided to participate in the lottery just for fun and out of curiosity, and unexpected for themselves won it . They have been married for 7 years, have their own apartment in a big city, jobs and a dog. Had they ever dreamt of or planned to move to the US or any other county? Never! They did not even speak English.
Material possessions are a staple of modern life; on our travels and throughout our lives we collect things. But these things arenít just things for some of us; every object has a multitude of feelings and memories that go with it. When my mother died she left me a lot of things Ė beautiful things. The Things We Leave Behind is a project that explores the beauty of what my mother left me by creating still life images that go beyond the object to something deeply personal.
Elsa Johanna is a project based on the life of my grandmother. She emigrated from Finland in 1929 through Ellis Island, living out her life as a poor domestic worker in New York City. She left behind a five year diary, which documents historic events such as the burning of the U.S.S. Normandie and Finland's fall to Russia. More importantly, she was a TB survivor who mourned having to spend years in a hospital bed away from her only son, my father - a child born out of wedlock.
My proposed project is to photograph and gather information on many of the last remaining abandoned homes built by western pioneers in the Mountain West region of the United States. My end goal would be to produce medium to large scale photograph prints for a gallery setting.