Please Recall Me
In the act of photographing I search for a perspective that accentuates beautiful and unsettling aspects of my subject matter, whether it involves and uncommon view of a common object, or a new twist on the personality of a common object. For most of my career I have seemingly created other worlds with my photographs by exploring the properties of various items of my fancy. My photographs have focused on the texture and color of food products, environments, belongings and mixtures of all three with a dark sensuality. Using unlikely subjects that are manipulated (physically, or with light and camera angles) creates a captivating image, and leaves the viewer bemused concerning the context of the photograph.
Recently I have photographed food, toys, plants, tools, and corners that evoke personal memories, and attempted to make them as grand as I remember. The subjects may hint at representing people from my past, but the project is more of a self-portrait, in that it is a personal vision of my past. From the photographs I desire a sense of dreamy voyeurism, as well as an effect of saturation and enlargement in the subjects. I think about the act of remembering; how a photographer can go beyond documenting and into dreaming. What does a memory look like? We never remember things the way they physically existed in the world. It is hard to restrain exaggeration or manipulation. I embrace this concept to explore my way of seeing. Though the subject is familiar, I twist it to depict only what I recall, which can be both repulsive and rapturous.