Feature #148 Billy Lytton ‘results are still applicable.’

Billy Lytton a psychology student at Goldsmiths College in London. He’s recently completed a project called ‘Reconstructive Memory’, He used some street photographs (as he likes to explore psychological concepts through photography) he’d taken over the last two years and started ‘experimenting’. Similar to the cut-up method of William Burroughs and Bryon Gysin, Billy tore-up the images to create different compositions. He enjoyed this somewhat metaphorically, to the concept of reconstructive memory. Billy used a Canon 500d with a f1.8 50mm lens – images were printed, torn, composed, scanned and then edited.  Reconstructive memory is a term used by psychologists to describe the turbulent behaviour of memory. A lot of this research has focused on eye witness testimony, but the results are still applicable. Such research has shown the fallibility and malleability of memory; it can fill in the gaps; it can distort; it can change and it can be manipulated. Billy tried to liken the project to the behaviour of memory; the pictures are memories reconstructed. The images, like memory itself, can turbulent, humorous, ugly, repetitive, dull and unnecessary.

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All images ©2013 Billy Lytton

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