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Ben Alper

The Family Dig

The Family Dig explores my heritage through an examination of familial artifacts and contemporary portraits. The images address the joy, melancholy, nostalgia and impermanence that encompass and define most familial ancestries. My efforts to preserve my own family’s history can be seen as an attempt to immortalize this lineage before it slips away like a faded memory. It is my hope that contrasting these relics with images of my family as they are today, will speak to heritage as a tradition that is fluid and ongoing – as a history that dwells as much in the present as it does in the past.