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Fragments of Time: A Falsified Existence

 
 

Abstract

The brain is a remarkable biological computer that has the ability to document every moment of an individuals’ life. The process through which the brain stores these fragments is referred to as memory. Memory is an essential building block for one’s distinctiveness, according to Maya Ganguly, without it’s help identity cannot be fully constructed. Memories are stories people share about the experiences that took place in their lives. As people share their stories, their memory of a particular event may be distorted. This distortion can impact and change ones identity over time. The brain is not the only way people recall their narratives, photography has also been known to depict fragments of one’s reality. In recent studies though, theorists have been able to prove that photographs can alter reality infusing false remembrance in individuals. In my dissertation my goal is to explain how memory is stored. I will also highlight autobiographical memories, their role, and their impact on identity. Finally I will discuss the importance of photography in construction of false recollections, its’ significance on material existence, and some approaches photographers took through their exploration of memory.

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