My education in photography was through multiple approaches and teachers. One,
photography as conceptual art form, and the other, from a modernist approach. As it
is, and for the most part, my photography has something of both. While I have a
deep appreciation for a beautiful formal photograph, I must ask the question I teach
my students to ask; What is the photograph about? I am deeply curious about the
other story, however fleeting a moment it reveals, and how it relates to
photography’s visual soundness, as photography’s relationship to truth is constantly
changing. I am interested in what happens visually, psychologically, and emotionally
when one photograph is next to another. When I alter a photograph, I am asking
the question about how to re-represent, re-think, re-contextualize the original image.
I use the female figure to represent a female way bigger than me. Over many
years, the alterations I make in my photos are in varying stages of the process:
during exposures at night with camera movement or subject blur, after the print is
made with added selective color, using appropriated text & image, collage and
digitally montaged images in a composition. What begins as an intuitive process of
scenes or of figure are unsurprisingly, parts of my life.