A Snapshot Revisited is an ongoing investigation into the act of looking at photographs. Looking is colored by idiosyncrasy. I am fascinated with how the unique aesthetics of photographic processes affect our understanding of history. In this project I worked with multiple photographic processes to emphasize the influence each has on our impression of an image. In response to living in an “Image World”, I present both photographs and their recorded objects to show how photographic realities differ from lived experience. Photographic narrative can be disrupted with minimal effort, such as the removal of context or a rudimentary composite. Often the work subverts photographic expectations. What happens when a banal smartphone snapshot becomes an antique tintype? Polaroids, that which institutions used when concerned with documenting evidence, turn this investigation inwards into my own practice of looking and making. Part conceptual reaction, part playful gesture, A Snapshot Revisited ceaselessly thinks about the condition of image-based realities.
This photograph of two figures represents my interest in the playful and very personal snapshots of my inner circle. Vernacular images are at the heart of photographic language, however banal and incidental they may be. These type of photographs urgently document the private lives of family, recreation amongst friends, and every moment deemed valuable by its onlooker. I am not entirely sure why I chose to document this exact moment. Humor, endearment, preservation, collection, extortion? Memory can be creative at retelling past narratives. Relying on memory I made an abstract painting that aims to portray my own ever-evolving memory of this recorded experience. Does the more we see an image make its frozen moment more or less real I wonder. Photographs are made in a fraction of a second. My work slows down this process, this act of looking—both provoking and reflexively studying our relationship with the image, and considers the impact photographs have on our understanding of personal history.