Like memories that haunt, photos that we hold onto await in the depths of our drawers. We can’t stand looking at them, yet we fail to get rid of them. These reminders of memories, moments and people that we no longer want to recollect these unwanted photos are the subject of Chicago based artist Jason Lazarus‘s photo project, Too Hard to Keep (aka THTK).
THTK is a participatory art project in which Lazarus gathers photos which have too much emotional burden on their owners. Since 2010, the artist has amassed a large number of photos and albums, which can be sent to the artist in physical or digital form. Lazarus leaves the level of anonymity to the owner, by simply asking if the photos can be publicly displayed or if they are private and must remain face down.
Full of curiosity and obscurity, these photos and their mysterious backstories are waiting to be discovered at the project’s website.