Robin Cracknell: Childhood at Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, March 10 – April 30, 2016

London-based photographer Robin Cracknell explores themes of love, loss and memory using a unique non-digital process combining traditional film photography and cinematography, and shooting with old, sometimes damaged cameras and salvaged 35mm cine film. In his series Childhood, single father Cracknell offers a stylized, personal vision of childhood through the world of his only son Jake.

“Rather than documenting his life in the conventional way photographs do,” Cracknell writes, “I was actually restaging episodes and conjuring feelings from my own childhood. Parenthood does, in mysterious and sometimes unpleasant ways, take us back to our own childhoods….We are sutured into every snapshot we take and every picture, especially of our children, is, in some way, a self-portrait.”

Robin Cracknell_acid summer, 2010

acid summer, 2010. Archival Pigment Print, 16 x 20 in. Ed. of 5

Robin Cracknell_arundel gardens, 2013

arundel gardens, 2013. Archival Pigment Print, 12 x 16 in. ​Ed. of 5

Robin Cracknell_eleven - tape, 2012

eleven / tape, 2012.  Archival Pigment Print, 12 x 16 in. ​Ed. of 5

Robin Cracknell_grief tourist, 2012

grief tourist, 2012. Archival Pigment Print, 16 x 20 in.  ​Ed. of 5

Robin Cracknell_jake, maine, 2014

jake, maine, 2014. Archival Pigment Print, 16 x 12 in. Ed. of 5

Robin Cracknell_murderer, 2009

murderer, 2009. Archival Pigment Print, 16 x 12 in. Ed. of 5

Robin Cracknell_swim, 2013

swim, 2013. Archival Pigment Print, 12 x 16 in. Ed. of 5

Images courtesy Sous Les Etoiles Gallery