When I see an empty house, I wonder who built it, who lived there…whose dream was this and why did they leave? I’m fascinated by the narratives that come to mind when I find abandoned places. I’m also drawn to western landscapes where the sky seems to go on forever…and where there’s enough space for waves of those dreams. In this series of constructed images, I am creating a world that feels somewhere between a dream and a cinematic still. Where we have a sense that the space and narrative continues beyond the frame with echos from a past existence.
Starting with a warm, monochromatic palette to impart a sense of nostalgia, I use a visual language of objects that weave man-made structures into a place where nature is returning. These are spaces of transition and I like the idea that in a balance between man and nature…nature will eventually have its way with us. The objects within the frame are the characters - they embody hope, loss, life, age, strength…that is their roll in this landscape.
The title, Chance Chronicles, comes from the process I used to create the images. This involved randomly selecting a mediative prompt that I would then write about, and images would come to me. Working with my own imagery has taught me to look for scenes that are both evocative and non-specific to allow the viewer to remain in the “authenticity” of this new world. For this series I created a set of textures taken from a variety of vintage traditional processes: the glass from old proof frames, the edges of wet plates, even aging film by leaving it out in the elements. Currently the images are archival digital prints and I have also created a series of short (15-30 secs) animations that bring several of them to life.