End of the Line

Christopher Schneider's avatar Christopher Schneider

End of the Line is a non-narrative true story of two disparate families that have both reached their final conclusion. There are two stories, one told in images, the other in text. The images, found in a Florida dumpster, show a wealthy family that traveled the world. No names were connected with them, so their importance and meaning have been lost. The text, lifted from letters, documents, articles, and other forms of communication, is from my father's side of the family. As a childless only child of an only child, the family tree ends with me. This project is an attempt to graft two families' histories together, with text and image relating to each other directly and indirectly, with experiences that they share in common and that contrast. Once I am gone, all my family memories will be meaningless. The importance of history is fleeting in this way, unless you manage to find a way to link it to our shared human experience and thereby make these memories last a little longer.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1"
  • Medium: Photography
  • Width: 12'
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 5'