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Mike Rollo

“My grandfather was an avid photographer and amateur filmmaker. He accumulated a huge amount of prints and home movie footage, which made it easier for me to understand and to organize the history of my father’s childhood. I am also thankful that my grandfather had a great eye for composition and framing. The photos do depict happiness, but that’s inherent in most photo albums where self-editing does present a dualism of emotion. We are never prone to present the bad memories on celluloid. The most interesting aspect of my grandfather’s photography was the sense of motion, whether it was a body in motion, the gestural camera work, or the serial multiplicity of photographs. I was then able to animate these photographs in movement, allow the illusion of motion to present a passage of time.”