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John Huggins (Once)


The Once Series

John Huggins began the Once series in 2002 after the death of his father. The images are an attempt to recreate memories through the use of found imagery.  They are personal memories to be sure, but ideally also function as universally shared ones. Like a memory, they are “soft” and the subjects are pared down to their most basic components; just as a memory tends to lose its peripheral and extraneous details while shape, color, location and mood persist. The images are shot on 2 ¼ x 2 ¼  film transparencies (chromes) with a 1940’s  twin lens camera. The compositions are shot soft on location in the camera.  By shooting them soft in the camera it allows the image to be in sharp focus in the final print rather than creating a print that is out of focus.  Huggins believes memories are less about the minutia of a past moment and more about the idealized perception of a long gone reality.  This series is ongoing. 

The Once series is made up of 32 x 32 inch prints and each is an edition of 23.