about: it was the sound of the ocean (1980-81)

This series of photographs is the result of a reflection on, and synthesis of, the richness of experience handed down from one generation to another. More precisely, it is a personal history of my grandmother and me.

The imagery conveys qualities she possessed and shared through her self-taught artistic skills and unique creative sensibility. The concepts in the photographs also pay homage to her dignified, independent, and feminine style which was deeply-rooted in women’s traditions and Jewish culture.

As autobiography, the project suggests a juxtaposition of personalities, life styles and choices, and periods in time. The photographs serve as documents of an intangible, emotional reality, both past and present.

Linda Brooks