BFA Thesis

I am interested in compositions that show a quiet or intriguing moment. A moment that someone has been looked over. These compositions explore how an object interacts with different aspects of the environment. In these photographs, I am thinking about how each shadow came to be and what circumstances allow it to exist. Every line and curve are important when they create geometrical shapes that let the viewer’s eye move around the photo. My process is quiet and contemplative and I often choose to wander alone when I am shooting. This intimate process gives me the desire to be intentional and aware when I’m shooting. If I’m distracted in any way, I might miss an important fleeting moment. The scenes that I stumble upon make me wonder who was here before me and with that sense of curiosity and sensitivity, the images turn into a kind of portrait. The way my photographs depict these lifeless objects gives them life.

In these snippets of mundane, everyday observations there is the back of a stop sign, a plastic chair behind a shed in the grass, a front door of a house with a plant quietly growing up the side of the frame. I am searching how to be directly indirect. I want to shine light on the people in the community while still keeping an observer’s distance. I try to show others what I see and to be up front about it, but there is something that is held back. The relationship I have with my subjects is always personal and inspired by awe. My photos are secrets that only I know the true meaning to. However, there are feelings of familiarity and nostalgia that allow the viewers to stay engaged and create their own meaning in the mundane through the allure of mystery, hopefully finding their own relationship with the personified subject. I find the way the light interacts with the environment incredibly special and spontaneous. A bush in a front garden is suddenly elevated by how the light is hitting it, casting a glow around its leaves, but there are only a few moments to capture the scene before the light changes again.