Register Friday | December 14 | 2018

Photographic Memory

Dita Kubin captures the fleeting images of memory in her upcoming exhibition, "Recollections"

"I once met a man with whom I had a very captivating though brief conversation. I distinctly remember he had a thread sticking out of his blue shirt, on the right shoulder. This encounter stayed with me, and after so many years, I still see a blue shirt and that runaway thread with such clarity. However, I cannot recall a single detail about this gentleman's face or being."

That experience was the catalyst for photgrapher Dita Kubin's new solo exhibition, "Recollections." In the seventeen black and white portraits that make up the collection, she sets out to capture the ephemeral nature of memories-the tiny details about people and settings that stay sharp in our minds through the fog of time.

To create each individual portrait, Kubin works with thirty or forty scanned images taken from a single photo shoot. Over a period of months, she then painstakingly layers details from those images, to create a final composite image. Emerging from dreamy silhouettes and softened forms are tiny areas of sharpness-a braid, a spot on the window ledge, pretty toes. Those sparing details of clarity evoke Kubin's own mental pictures of each of her sitters.

Subjects in these images include close friends, acquaintances and near-strangers, who have all in some way captivated the photographer. There is a purity and yet a raw intensity in these portraits, and they often provoke startling emotional responses. "People come out with things that are very internal to me when they see them," says Kubin. "I guess the pictures hit a vulnerable spot."