one man’s life

by Chantal

Unnamed October 69 - August 70. Recycled lightbox and found slides, Chantal Powell, 2009

Unnamed October 69 - August 70. Recycled lightbox and slides, Chantal Powell, 2009

 

Detail from, Unnamed October 69 - August 70.

Detail from Unnamed October 69 - August 70.

This piece originated from a box of poignant slides I came across in a charity shop a while back. The slides depict a year in an anonymous man’s life between October 1969 and August 1970. They show his visits to natural beauty spots and feature himself, his mother and his dog. At first glance I assumed the slides portrayed a lonely life and felt saddened that this box of images may be all that marked his fleeting passage in this life. That however led me to reflect on how we assign value to our lives and why we have a tendency to equate simplicity with a lack of achievement. Is the fulfillment of a life determined by the quality of relationships we establish? By what we experience? The impact we have on others and the world around us?