A photography project about unreliable memory

Remembering Forgetting emerged from a series of walks around my local area, noting memories that were triggered by what I observed. I became fascinated by the notion of memory slippage, that an abandoned chair could make me think about having missed someone’s birthday.

The project evolved into a personal meditation on middle-aged memory; I became curious about the fine line between forgetting just enough and forgetting too much. With this meander through my own remembered lapses I want to shine a light on the intricacy and frailty of memory.

I’d like to encourage reflection on how a visual image or scene can trigger an unrelated memory, and of how forgetting is an invisible yet significant part of life. I used the project to explore how human memory processes work – or sometimes don’t.

Rob Townsend, December 2020

Virtual Exhibition

The full series was exhibited in a virtual 3D gallery from 11th December 2020 to 28th February 2021. While the exhibition is no longer online, a video walkthrough is available below.

Exhibition Catalogue

There was a limited run printed publication to accompany the virtual exhibition, a kind of exhibition catalogue to act as a physical souvenir of the digital experience. Following a successful crowdfunding campaign a limited run of 50 catalogues was printed in December 2020.

Visitors to the virtual exhibition were able to request a complimentary copy of the exhibition catalogue, posted free of charge anywhere in the world, while stocks last.

Exhibition Catalogue

Handmade Book

A photographic friend of mine, Paul Gotts, is a supremely talented book-making enthusiast. He offered to craft me a one-off handmade book of the project. It's magnificent.

Selected Images


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