Photographs are physical representations of memories. Often photographs are clearer histories of these moments than the recollections of actual events or people in them. For this reason a stranger can look at a photograph and infer the story of the captured instant.
When someone misplaces or throws away a photograph the attachment to the event, to the memory, is lost. It becomes an unexceptional entity evoking a shared response from the viewer.
After a selection process, I use photographs found in books sold to a local bookshop. I enhance their anonymity by combining painting and photography, and restrict the clarity of the image to mirror the selective way we view past experiences.