One of the most visceral escapes for me is when I find remnants and traces of humankind in once inhabited places, now abandoned and being taken back deep in nature. This series of photographs specifically references that personal journey while echoing both the melancholy and nostalgic feelings that overwhelm me when in these settings.
In many of these photographs I take storytelling to a new level as I attempt to build a reawakened story with historic accuracy. I layer vintage (circa late 19th Century to early 1920’s) photographs over current images of abandoned homes, grounds and structures that I have taken. I keep true to the original subjects in each historic photograph by layering old over new, changing only the backgrounds, thus keeping the poses as found which I believe is essential to their historic integrity. I painstakingly search to find and utilize early photos that I feel have an authentic relationship to each abandoned setting and in many I use photographs from my own historic family archive. Each image becomes a kind of totem built from layers of history reincarnated anew.
Ultimately, my goal is that these photographs infer my innermost feelings and emotions that literally define my own existence of always having one foot in the distant past, and the seemingly real connection I feel to the people now gone that I believe still haunt this now lost world.
Signed, Limited Editions
Hahnemühle, Fine Art Pearl, Photo Rag Paper (Unframed/Black and White, Ink Jet, Archival Pigment Print)
Hahnemühle, Ilford B/W, Photo Rag Paper (Unframed/Black and White, Ink Jet, Archival Pigment Print)
Hahnemühle, Fine Art Baryta, Photo Rag Paper (Unframed/Color, Ink Jet, Archival Pigment Print)
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*Also available – Printed on a variety of alternative materials: Aluminum, Borderless acrylic.