Back to my Roots
The inspiration for this ‘cinegraph’ has been stirring within me for some years now. Throughout my life I have considered myself to be purely British. Having been born, raised and educated in England that was very much who I felt I was. That was until I moved to Los Angeles with my mother and brother where we became reunited with our Armenian roots. Since then I have slowly begun to recognize the values, culture, foods, passions and history of what it is to be Armenian.
The pomegranate is the national symbol of the Armenian people. Used in poetry, art and food it represents the life and nourishment that kept the people alive during the genocide, eating one seed a day during exile.
I use the pomegranate in my ‘cinegraph’ to tell my story. Re-growing back to my roots that begin to fruit the Armenian symbol, while I collect each one to treasure and represent who I am today.
- Photograph taken by Josh Gallo