Using photography as a means for discovery, I aim to explore the social psychological relationships we face as humans in today’s society. My fascination with sociology and psychology stems from my own self-reflection and sense of identity. Growing up as a triplet made me more aware of the distinctive qualities that I have, setting me apart from my sisters, while simultaneously facing a society who argues the assumption that we should be the same. As an outcast of the norm, I continue to draw closer and closer to this correlation between society, the body, and the mind.
With a focus on family dynamics, my work begins to explore these emotional and physical relationships by dissecting and analyzing human perceptions. I am interested in the optics of vision and the way memory factors into our own perception. Human relationships tend to be collaboration between reality and ideality. Within that connection is where our memories tend to begin and thrive. These recollections of previous interactions and events become a stored assemblage of what we think we remember. They are never clear, but rather a whirlwind of blurred bits and pieces that our mind relentless puts together, no matter the accuracy.
Using family photographs from my childhood allows me to study my own perception of the past and how I have become a result of that past through those relationships. I use these personal images, not to be reminded of that memory, but rather to be struck by the unknown. I search for the unseen, unleashing the mystery of unfamiliarity and what’s hidden beneath the surface.
“Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them; and each mind perceives a different beauty.” –David Hume
My work focuses on abandonment to portray a history of time that has passed as well as an identity of individuals who have come and gone. Through the exploration of a vacant building, my images expose the life of a space neglected and suggests a narrative of inhabitants forgotten. I photograph these spaces in a way that captures the details and beauty within the chaos of abandonment, while the evidence of wear and tear of life that once inhabited there begins to unravel.