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Family Photos: Portals to the Past with Patricia Reis
Family Photos: Portals to the Past with Patricia Reis

Sun, Mar 10

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Virtual Workshop

Family Photos: Portals to the Past with Patricia Reis

This presentation will consider old family photographs as portals to the past. If we are lucky to possess them these relics convey layers of information about the people pictured. Through a Jungian lens, we can read into them a great deal.

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Mar 10, 2024, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Virtual Workshop

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This presentation will consider old family photographs as portals to the past. If we are lucky to possess them these relics convey layers of information about the people pictured. We can read into them a great deal, from their clothing, their physicality, their expressions. Not everyone has access to such documents.

“Refugees are divided into two categories: those who have photographs and those who have none.” This quote from a Bosnian refugee is cited by writer, Dubravka Ugrešić. She goes on to tell another vignette from the Bosnian war: When the war criminal Ratko Mladic was shelling Sarajevo from the surrounding hills, he saw through his rifle sights, the house of an acquaintance. He phoned this person and told him he was giving him five minutes to collect his “family albums” because he was going to blow the house up.

“The general,” Ugrešić writes, “who had been destroying the city for months, knew precisely how to annihilate memory. That is why he “generously” bestowed on his acquaintance life with the right to remembrance. Bare life and a few family photographs.”

A family portrait made in 1900 became the inspiration for my historical fiction, UNSETTLED (October 2023, Sybilline Press). I will describe the process of traveling from the photograph through a few obituaries and family stories to arrive at the characters and their secrets and stories.

I invite the participants to bring old family photographs for the discussion following the presentation.

Patricia Reis is a writer and published author and has worked for forty years as a psychotherapist.  She has a BA from the University of Wisconsin in English Literature and an MFA from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in Sculpture. In 1986, she earned an MA from the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Depth Psychology and has a private psychotherapy practice. Patricia Reis has held positions as faculty, lecturer, and dissertation advisor and has mentored and facilitated many artists and writers in bringing their work to fruition. long with numerous essays, articles, and reviews, she has published six books, including Unsettled, (2023, Sybilline Press). A work of historical fiction, Unsettled is based on Reis’ immigrant ancestors who pioneered a farm in Iowa in 1900. She divides her time between Portland, Maine, and Nova Scotia.

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