Last summer at a flea market, I purchased a box of discarded 35mm slides. These slides, haphazardly thrown into a box marked “garbage,” have a nebulous history.
Images of happy workers demonstrating the usefulness of office furniture, supplies and equipment, suggest that the slides were used in sales presentations: a woman in a nurse’s uniform comfortably answers the phone and pulls a chart from a wall file. Another cheerfully interacts with a grey-suited, standing man, while a relaxed secretary sits within a professional reception area.
Layers of obsolescence are imbedded in the images.