The Cold War era rocket ship playgrounds throughout North America. Images made with an 8 x 10 inch view camera.

In astrophysics the term “observable universe” is recognized as a celestial sphere containing all matter that can be presently viewed from Earth. If you stand at any point on Earth you are theoretically the same distance to the edge of the observable universe as anyone else on the planet give or take a few thousands miles/kilometers or feet/meters.  As humans, we exist in our own personal observable universes, and our collective personal universes overlap.

One can choose to interpret this state of being as a metaphorical platform for comparing how one’s version of existence relates to or doesn’t to billions of other humans.

The photographs are created by exposing a single sheet of 7 x 17” analog film with an ultra large view camera and hand processing the film in an open tray in a completely dark room. During the darkroom process I select negatives that I will contact print to reproduce what I and others sharing my personal space would see had they been next to me while I’d made the original exposure onto the film. Other negatives I combine with hand drawn photograms and various methods of manipulating light and chemistry on photographic paper and what results is an alternate observation. The re-envisioned environments are my personal observable universe. These differentiating views are reactionary meditations based on my positions as a woman, mother, and a provider who attempts to operate as a visual translator of a society that exists amidst extremes of isolation and over stimulation. Within my process of allowing this work to emerge is a sublime fear coupled with anticipation of the beautifully rapid pace of a changing scientific landscape that is constantly threatened by our current political and environmental state as a planet.

 

 

A ongoing photographic study of how we choose to illuminate the atmosphere and our immediate surroundings. United States, Germany, Iceland, and Japan

Observations made throughout the United States using an 8 x 10 view camera. Ongoing

United States 

"The light streaming down from the moon has no part in the theater of our daily existence. The terrain it illuminates so equivocally seems to belong to some counter-earth or alternate earth. It is an earth different from that to which the moon is subject as satellite, for it is itself transformed into a satellite of the moon." -Walter Benjamin This series of photographs is an ongoing study of time through the observation of moonlit spaces located throughout the United States and Japan. The images are made with an 8 x 10 inch view camera and are achieved by exposing an individual sheet of film for a duration of time ranging from 22 minutes to nearly 3 hours.



In 2003, I began creating this collection of images throughout the United States after being drawn to roadside vernacular architecture including cargo containers, small, hand-painted wooden stands and signs, and large cinderblock buildings. To commemorate our independence as a country, the sale of explosive celebratory products is permitted from these structures, often for just a few days out of the year. How many ways can a culture write the word "Fireworks?" Although I've continued to document these structures I am now less likely to encounter a hand built stand of commerce constructed of wood. Thus, giving me all the more reason to continue to document.


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