The past is easy is focused around the irretrievable loss of a photographic archive. Although the archive was in many ways small and insignificant and was without clear or structured methodology to define its collection it was nevertheless designed to function as the trigger for a range of memories and associations.
The lost photographs documented in an ad hoc fashion the childhood and early life of a woman. Despite her devastation at losing the archive and the strong emotional attachment she had to it, she actually found it hard to recall more than 10 of the lost photographs.
Based on descriptors of the missing photographs, as remembered, by the woman who once owned them Steve Cox, Jennifer Mills and James Morrison have remade new versions of the events recorded by these now lost images.