There are ghosts in these old photographs but you won’t have chills running up your spine looking at them. Have a look at photographer Angela Deane’s quirky, ongoing series aptly titled “Ghost Photographs.”
Though they may seem funny at first glance, *_Ghost Photographs_* is actually *Deane* ’s exploration of “the beautiful, painful, and ultimately puzzling human condition of having memories.” Found photographs serve as her canvas on which she paints images of ghosts over the persons depicted on it. Doing so “[subtracts] the specific identity of each person and transforming them into anonymous ghosts for the viewer to project upon.” Through this, Deane says, “a private and specific experience becomes an open and shared one through the material addition of paint on photograph.”
Deane presents the thought-provoking questions, “What are they? Can we retain them as an experience? Are they individual or shared? Once gone, could your neighbor’s be your own? How important is happening versus happened?”, putting how the audience should perceive her work into perspective.