“A Century-ish Ago” examines 11 words and their meaning in the past and their meaning now. The work compares a dictionary published around 1910 and another one published in 2011. The 1910 dictionary was photographed laying opened on a black background, whilst the 2011 one has been cut up and its strip of paper pasted on the 1910 open page, working like a book-marker.
We are modifying language every time we speak. Words acquire new meanings and new words are created all the time. We take language as our own without thinking too much about it and by doing that we make some words define a generation, an era even. The digital revolution has allow us to subvert the meaning of many words and invented many others.
The 1910 dictionary was photographed following Cultural and Heritage Photography standards and they whole work is printed in the original 1910 dictionary size.
40 X 35 cm - printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm (fine art smooth matt) - Edition of 10.