What started as an art school assignment 33 years ago has slowly evolved and become a long-term All those years ago, I remember being somewhat jealous of my classmates because they all lived in the city with lots of things to photograph while I had only a quiet sleepy town. Yet, what struck me was something my teacher said, “You can travel the world over photographing exciting things, but a skilled photographer can find material right in their own backyard.”

This is what resonated and encouraged me to look, observe, and to ultimately learn how to see and interpret what was right in front of me.

—Barbara Peacock

Editors’ note: This project was singled out for distinction among the submissions to LensCulture Portrait Awards 2016 by juror Alessia Glaviano. Each juror selected one photographer to be awarded a special $1,000 grant—discover why this one stood out:

“I think about how precisely I remember certain photographs of my childhood, how they are set in my memory and how, like keys, I simply need to recall them to my mind to access different chapters of my life. The way I visualize the images on Instagram is different: they are not objects in themselves but rather a liquid, dissolved in the constant flow of visual information. Still, I think it is important that photography does not lose its memory function altogether. We need to value and hold on to some images from the past, from a time when photographs preserved a closer correspondence to their source in the real world.”

Alessia Glaviano, Senior Photo Editor
Vogue Italia, L’Uomo Vogue
Milan, Italy