MAKING TIME, 2018
I have long had a fascination with the way in which we create, consume and share images. Our impulses to commemorate experience with photographs have always been the same: to celebrate a special occasion, to remember beloved friends and family members, to memorialize a special trip, or to record personal, perhaps banal, daily activities. The consistency of these photographic tropes leads me to the same questions - what makes each of our photos unique? What makes them intrinsically the same? How can we, and how do we, relate to one another's images on a daily basis?
Within these explorations, I've become increasingly interested in the transition of a personal image into a public realm, and what these transfers might imply about our social interactions and expectations. In today's image-dependent culture, the shifts in context and audience from private to shared are instantaneous, and often times personal photographs are made for the sole purpose of transitioning to a curated public domain. Now more than ever we can get lost in the sea of images constantly at our disposal and available for our endless perusal. The lines between public and private have never been more obscured, and our appetite for consumption has never been greater.
With this work, I want to draw attention to the distinct and the generic, the individual and the mass, the private and the public. I explore photographic tropes and our inherent desire to capture a moment in time. I reconstruct and reimagine captured moments and our shared compulsion to record. I use photographs and photographic artifacts, both from my personal collection and those belonging to people I've never met, further complicating notions of privacy and intent. Through these efforts I hope to underline the complex individual and shared notions of image-making.