2014 Emerging Photography Contender: Dana Stirling

In Cache, photographer Dana Stirling explores her complex childhood as a European emigrant living in Israel. For her, photography is a way of negotiating and accepting the ways in which her memories conflict with those of her parents, who grew up on a different continent and within an entirely different culture. 

Writes Stirling in her Artist Statement, “Over the years I have heard of my parent’s memories and stories. I remember hearing of snow, youth and happiness. Stories of happier days. The stories held on to the memories of time and culture that I wasn’t a part of, and portraits of family members that always remained anonymous to me.

“As I grew up I’ve started to question photography’s function as my memory, as my family heritage. I look for moments and objects were there is a tension that is created by their incomplete aesthetic. Photography allows me to look at the little and unimportant objects around me and make them a part of my history. With my camera I grant them with eternity and in that I grant myself a memory.” 

All images © Dana Stirling

Each week, Feature Shoot editors showcase the work of one photographer who has applied to the Emerging Photography Awards in order to highlight the diverse array of applications we receive. This is not an endorsement of the photographer for the award.