Thursday, February 1, 2018

Myself Through Time and Place (Continued)

The latest batch of images in my ongoing series, Myself Through Time and Place. Displayed in order of creation. All made with my Nikon F2 and 20mm f/2.8 lens. 

Monday, January 29, 2018

A Walk Through Burbank Gardens

A Walk Through Burbank Gardens is a collage I made from roughly 175 photographs. I made these photographs while on a walk through "Burbank Gardens", the fancy name given to the cluster of homes in Gentilly that I currently live in. I photographed what I saw and interacted with on my walk (most notably the friendly cat in the bottom-right), and the resulting collage is my somewhat whimsical interpretation of the banal experience. For the photographs, I used an Olympus Pen FT half-frame camera with a 38mm lens and Kodak Portra 160 film. The finished piece is 24"x18" on wood panel. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Plates: Amalgamation (My Father)

For these photographs, I took the concept from my piece, Amalgamation (My Love), and applied it to re-photographing pictures of my father.  Each of these 3 composite photographs are made up of exposures of photos depicting my dad at different points in his life. All 3 composites are comprised of the same 17 photographs, in which my dad's age ranges between 4 and 72 years old. I find it interesting how different each of these amalgamations look, considering they come from the same source images.

I used my Nikon F4 with a 105mm f/2.8 macro lens, and Ilford HP5+ film.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Myself, Through Time and Place (Continued)

A continuation of Myself, Through Time and Place. The current plan is to eventually have around 30-40 of these hung in a grid formation for my Thesis show. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Plate: Amalgamation (My Love)

While eating dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant a few months ago, I asked my wife to close her eyes and visualize her mother's face. She claimed that in her mind, she conjured various photographs of her mom to form an image of what she looks like. 

I believe amalgamations of photographs are the foundation to how we remember countenances in our mind's eye. According to this thesis, subconsciously, the human mind combines photographs in order to create pseudo-complete images of people important to us. I say "pseudo-complete" because these mental images are still quite weak and ghost-like. Vivid memories also figure into the mind's mental image for a time, but these inevitably fade (be it by time apart or death), until all we're left with are photographs from which to create an amalgamated physiognomy. 

Hopefully this theory doesn't sound too crazy, and maybe some of you can relate. Amalgamation (My Love), attempts to illustrate how multiple photographs can combine in the mind's eye to form the pseudo-complete image of a person's being. In this instance, it is the image of my wife. This photograph is made up of sixteen even exposures, with each exposure depicting Katie on a different day. It was made with my Pentax LX using Fuji Neopan Acros 100 film.