Materials: Silver Gelatin Fiber Print, shot using a Mamiya twin lens camera
Dimensions: 8 X 10 inches
Project Advisor: John Shimon
Year of Graduation: 2016
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Light is transient. It can obscure; it can unmask. We are transient. We pass through places momentarily. The process of appearing and disappearing, coming and going, creates a sense of time suspended.
My body of work deals with the transitory and transcendental nature of the human experience. I incorporate the human figure and the natural landscape and obscure them enough to create another kind of reality. I am interested in subtle experiences, moments that may be overlooked, and the emotions and meanings tied to them as I seek to create that same experience for the viewer.
In this series, the identity of the people in the photographs is not important, but rather their intimate presence and or absence in the space. Taking these photographs in the two places I grew up, I hoped to document the act of temporarily passing through these places I hold dear, places full of memory, leaving them untouched. They were taken using a film camera that has a peculiar light leak, or “orb”, through which the camera itself creates its own presence. This abstraction creates surreal sensations, such as the act of leaving a place, or returning to a childhood home feeling like some sort of stranger.