Nowhere Anyhow

11 images, 277 words, 2 minutes and 47 seconds

I made this piece using images I created at the age of ten-a picture of my favorite stuffed animals, a shot of my mom taking a nap-combined with images I created as an adult-window frames, a summer storm, a highway overpass, overgrown grass and melting river ice. The only picture I didn’t take is a photo of my siblings and me photographed by my dad.

The narrative is from a short story I wrote based on a singular memory that represents a composite of family experiences, circling the fact of my adoption, the mystery of my biological mother, and the abuse of my adoptive father.

The StoryCenter frequently uses this piece in their workshops, and it is one of their featured stories in Seven Stages: Stories and the Human Experience (Lambert, 2014). The story has screened at the US Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival and the Wales Digital Storytelling Festival.