Elena Cremona was born in 1991 to an Italian father and a German mother, fortunate enough to have lived in Munich (Germany), Santa Cruz (California) and London (UK). She received a Bachelor Degree in Photography from the prestigious Arts University Bournemouth in 2015.
The content of her work centers around environmental and landscape coverage, bringing issues around Climate Change into focus, as well as shooting social documentary photography; Often experimenting with a variety of abstract techniques in their formulation. Underlying notions within her work is the exploration of distant memories and the feeling of Nostalgia, as well as increasing problematic social and environmental issues such as the destruction of nature and its irreplaceable landscapes.
About ‘After Memory’
Investigating the concept of distorted memories and reality, as well as the idea of nostalgia, After Memory is a photographic exploration based on the recollection of distant memories, and a quest to unravel the uncertainty that is Nostalgia.
Each individual has their own perceptions and ideas of the world as a whole that is derived from their personal experiences, such as memories. These memories can be triggered by a specific place within the world. For Elena Cremona the two places that trigger the most emotions are Santa Cruz in California and the island of Iceland.
The notion of Nostalgia within the photographic series acts as rebellion against time and progress, almost like an intimate obsession with memory and history; they are the preservation of an existing past, one that may be in danger of being forgotten.
The images are shot with infrared film; the outcome a hazy purple that portrays the desire to remember and assemble distorted memories of the past.