Julie Renée Jones Rewrites Memory In ‘Umbra’

Since 2001, photographer Julie Renée Jones has been capturing places somewhere in between reality and figments of imagination. Taking the people and places of her American midwest home as a subject, the Ohio-born Jones explores memory and experiences of aging, a theme integral to her project ‘Umbra’. Many images of the series present figures concealed by shadows and foliage, their presence revealed in the frame through flickers of sunlight. Others depict naturally lit portraits but still some essence of identity remains hidden, alluding to the reconstruction and fading of memories. About the series, the photographer explains, “Using my own interpretations of everyday events, childhood games, the landscape of my home, and most importantly the photographs from my family archive I rewrite the perceived reality of my childhood and family’s past into new truths.”

All images © Julie Renée Jones