The purpose of the Maurice van Es 'The Past is a Strange Place' object photography series is to look at different details that spark memories about the past.
A hot pink lighter, a stain on the carpet, paint dripping from a window frame all seem confusingly unconnected, however, they are not entirely random. The various objects and imagery captured in this series could all be seen as having great meaning for the photographer, recreating a narrative of his youth through memory.
The strange accumulation of object photography in this ongoing project shows how unusual the workings of the mind are and how peculiar the past must be if these items somehow made sense back then.
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