Fine-art photographer Catherine Panebianco is using her talents to keep the memory of her parents alive. In a touching photo series titled "No Memory is Ever Alone," Catherine set the vintage slides that her father photographed when he was younger against modern backgrounds, and the resulting images are powerful.
"'No Memory is Ever Alone' is a visual conversation between my dad and I, He used to bring out a box of slides that he photographed in his late teens and early 20s every Christmas and made us view them on an old projector on our living room wall telling the same stories every year," Catherine explained on her website. "It was a consistent memory from a childhood where we moved a lot and I never felt like I had a steady 'place' to live and create memories."
"They create a 'home' for me wherever I go."
"I realized that by placing the slides in my current landscape, I created not only a connection between his life and mine, but a trail of memories, each that had its own association for both of us," said Catherine, adding that many of the slides include images of her mom, who was married to her father for nearly 60 years. "She passed away recently and I feel like her spirit, and all the spirits of the past, are around us. These little vignettes of family life in my current 'space' comforts me that she and others are still near, watching over me. They create a 'home' for me wherever I go."
For Catherine, keeping each image as authentic as possible was a top priority. "I did not want to Photoshop that connection. Part of the process that was necessary for me was to find the right location and feel my dad's slides united with how I live today — a place within a place, a memory within a memory."
Keep reading to get a look at Catherine's breathtaking photo series.