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Returned


Places can communicate a sense of history; they are homes to the past inhabitants and they hold the memories of their past lives. A building or place can emanate a feeling of the dramas that were once played out there with layers of the past stories overlapping. A place that has these connections can evoke our own memories and enable an uncanny sense of being there before.

The photograph is often seen as an uncanny object, capturing and creating a replica of the world stopped in time, giving us at once both presence and absence. For a moment, when we see a photograph we can feel as if we have returned to that scene. There is a haunting sense of déjà vu, that the photograph has offered us a double of the world and that the past is now somehow present.