Altered Family Photo Album

This photo album was created by my dear grandad, Sidney. Being quite a character, a Del Boy style one man band self employed racing tipster, he had plenty of cash books, one of which doubles here as a photo album. In went the photos, stuck at the corners with sellotape. Nothing arty farty here. Years later, as part of practising Tibetan Buddhism I was reflecting on the inevitability of impermanence, sickness, death and change in human experience. I was also studying the life and songs of the great yogi Milarepa.

I wanted a meaningful context to help me connect deeply with these profound yogic songs, so I began reflecting on impermanence in my own family. That's when I started inserting Milarepa's songs about impermanence into my grandad's photo album. It really helped my own meditation practice. In a sense it also connected with the practice in spiritual traditions of making art as a support for meditation. But instead of painting mandalas or thangkas I was using my actual experience and memory of family to create a meditation support. It added another dimension to the album.