color photoshoped picture from a vintage image bank

Weronika Gesicka Traces

Traces are, by definition, marks or other indications of the existence or passing of something.

Evidence of a presence. Confirmation of participation. Examples of such traces are photographs, which document the existence of people, situations, moments. They are like engrams that come about through certain stimuli and experiences.

This project is based on vintage photographs purchased from an image bank. Family scenes, vacation souvenirs, everyday life, suspended anywhere between truth and fiction. It is hard to figure out whether they are spontaneous or entirely staged.

We know nothing of the actual ties between the individuals in the photographs; we can only guess at the truthfulness of their gestures and gazes. Who are, or were, these people in the photographs? Are they actors playing happy families, or real people whose photographs were put up for sale by the image bank? Some are present. Others vanish from the pictures, but always leave a trace.

These images, modified in various ways, are wrapped in new context: our recollections of these people and situations are transformed and gradually blur into a new reality…

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Monthly Photo Contest

abstract portrait of a woman with red lips
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2021 Emerging Talent AWARD Deadline: 31 March 2021

This month we are on the lookout for the most exciting and promising practitioners of all ages and backgrounds, working across all photographic genres and styles.

Fine art, landscape, street, documentary, portrait, fashion, or conceptual: there are no specific boundaries or limitations, allowing you the space and freedom to fully showcase your skill, creativity, and talent!


1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400

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