A-1, Colloferro, Italy copyright Douglas Stockdale 2012
Initially I visualized this project in black & white. I have come to understand that this Roadside Remembrance Memorial series transcends a greater subject, one that in a way haunts me. Memory and its preservation.
These are something that is inspired by a tragic accident that usually took the life of someone too soon and far from home. On close inspection we frequently can not determine who the individual was or why the tragic event occurred. We are a witness only to the aftermath.
Conceptually these memorials are about memory itself, attempting to hold onto the memory of someone who is no longer present. As in this case on the overcast and foggy day in Italy, the memorial has seen better days, now showing wear and deterioration. Much like how memories can quickly fade and slowly fall apart over time. Both are transient.
(Note; this photograph was subsequently used by the American National Safety Council for one of their posters in 2012).