Together as mother and daughter, we meet and recall our past experiences from what seems like lifetimes ago. The sweltering evening heat, lingering from oppressive southern days, induces visions of time gone by. Artifacts of relatives past litter the landscape, like ripe and rotting fruit—memories returning to the soil to be re-made. Through pictures, we construct our chronicles, creating altered allegories from cultivated clues.—Noelle McCleaf
Florida-based photographer and teacher Noelle McCleaf‘s work seems to live both in the actual world—sweltering heat and tan lines—and in fiction—recalling the landscapes of Miss Havisham’s decaying mansion and Tennessee Williams’ world. Her series A Bee in Her Bonnet explores the bonds between mother and daughter, complete with the snare and embrace of the cat’s cradle and secrets and traits that are passed on.