A Dark Vision
With her series Family Stories...or Down the Rabbit Hole, Angela Casagrande has created a haunting hybrid of original and found photographs. The resulting work resonates with a dark, otherworldly mood.
The project came about somewhat by chance. Casagrande had been working with cyanotypes in an attempt to illustrate paranormal experiences she’d had as a child. The images weren’t turning out as she’d envisioned, so she started tinkering in Adobe Photoshop until a new thread emerged.
For the series, Casagrande tapped into stories both fictional and familial. “It’s the usual mythology you find in every family,” she says. “Stories like, ‘Baby Face Nelson hid out in our house one night.’ Allegedly. My grandfather dropped this story out of nowhere one night.” She used only one photograph of an actual family member in the work—the rest come from antique stores and online—because she wanted to ensure that any viewer could relate.