My work is based on the exploration of technical elements of photography and trying to push them to their limits. I work with a combination of digital and analog mediums and play with the interaction between the two. My earlier work was about place and how the camera can transform a physical location or area into something new. In my project “The Town 2015” I explored Humboldt County California. This project was not a representation of the city itself but a visual construction of my experiences. Emphasized by the use of black and white small format film, the city is seen through a mask of grain and grit and unusual places and instances are revealed. These images are documents and constructions through which I unveil my version of Humboldt County to the viewer. In My more recent work, I am concerned with photography as a medium. "Floortraits 2017-" takes traditional large format photography and pushes the limits of portraiture. By placing the subjects on the ground with a view camera looming over them, they begin to enter their own world. They relax into a position and become involved with their surroundings. This project is about the intimacy and quietness of the model and the gaze of the camera. Focus shifts throughout the image, textures interact in new ways, the two dimensional and three dimensional planes construct compositions together. The body becomes expressive and the floor becomes home. My current project "A Voyage Home" is inspired by David Hockney’s “Joiner” photographs and the emotional narrative created by the sequencing of seemingly random images in JH Engstrom’s work. This project combines the fragmentation of image from Hockney’s work and imbues it with the photo-diary narrative structure of Engstrom’s projects. Returning again to 35mm film I use a point and shoot camera and document scenes from my life but fragment them into 12 or 20 individual frames. These details are then presented by themselves as important instances or in combination prints that show the overall scene, fracturing space and time. This work will be displayed in book format which will creative a narrative thread through sequencing and scale.
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