Photographs from Florida
Photographs from Florida are a handful of images I made during the summer of 2013 while living in Clearwater, Florida with a ninety-year-old woman named Mable. I had a single roll of medium format color film to use for the entire summer. I could have ordered more film, but the illogical artist within me thought it would be more romantic to capture an entire summer with a single roll of film. I spent countless hours riding my bike between Clearwater and St. Petersburg, exploring the deteriorating beauty of a place lambasted by sunlight. The images I brought back with me are snapshots of my summer in the sunshine state: Mable’s desk, my last meal at the Dairy Queen where I worked, a bush bathed in sunlight, a deteriorating pool showcasing the desperation born of heat, and two buildings along the Pinellas County bike trail, one shaded and one not.
Photographs from New York
Photographs from New York is a collection of large format and medium format images from my sophomore year at Bard College. All of these photographs were made in and outside of people’s homes around the Hudson Valley. They were originally part of a photographic essay called What I Knew Before You, but now they’re just a hodge podge of places, representing the homes I discovered as an undergraduate photography student at Bard College. When I look at them now, I’m reminded of how lonely the Hudson Valley can be. A place perpetually stuck between what it was and what it is, creating a ghostly, unfillable void that I always interpreted as a trap, something to be wary of. In these photographs, I see my hesitation. I see the uncertainty I felt about trusting a place that I thought was offering me more than it was able to. The images were made from 4×5″ large format black and white film.
Solitude of Self
Solitude of Self was a two-part project I made during my sophomore year at Bard College. The first part, displayed below, investigates the relationships we foster within ourselves, exploring personal intimacy, loneliness, and grace. When I made these images, I wanted to capture the mystery of humanity, looking at the ways in which we shield our personal experience from the outside world, and what that barrier means in terms of connection. I decided to focus exclusively on women because my experience as a woman has taught me there’s a gulf between a woman’s identity and the role she performs for others who are watching her. With these images, I tried to capture the solitude buried beneath a woman’s performance, hoping to unveil a piece of her personhood. The irony being, of course, that these photographs are observances, creating the same problem they’re attempting to solve. The images were made from medium format color film.
Digital Photographs from Bard
These images are a combination of photographs shot with a digital camera, images made from a scanner, and scanned photographs. They were part of a larger body of work I was pursuing during my junior year at Bard College. With these images, I wanted to embody fear and disgust, coupled with a search for something more transitory or unknowable found within these emotions. I was intrigued by the potential of darkness being more than what it’s made out to be, and because of that, having the potential to transform into something else entirely. I never finished the project.