Keepsakes of Strangers
I celebrate commonplace objects that are often overlooked. After leaving behind many small things that I once cared about, I now collect objects that figured in the lives of others. These things carry marks of longtime use--scratches, residue, grime. I don’t know the histories of my subjects, so I create imaginary moments. I try to suggest a variety of experiences by use of juxtapositions, some whimsical and some mysterious. A single image may evoke overlaid memories of childhood and adulthood.
My light source is transitory. Reflecting window light onto my subjects from a handheld mirror, and triggering the camera by voice command, I capture an image that is unrepeatable. My prosaic objects are transformed, existing briefly in a world of their own.
My photographs in Restorations show fragile domestic objects that have been shattered and are now tenuously held together. The objects seem commonplace, yet the efforts to preserve them suggest a greater significance. The tags, coded to reflect color, weight and date, further this impression. The narrative to explain the damage and the attempted repairs is left for the viewer to imagine.
In creating this work, I served as would-be restorer as well as photographer. I intend the images to suggest our own vulnerabilities. They speak of human frailty and resilience.