4. Whats the longest you've spent on a project/most in depth you've gone?
The longest project to date, is my project on: memory, time, and decay. Conceptually, I had been building up to this project for most of my undergraduate career. I used photography as a medium every quarter that I was getting my degree, and I was also a philosophy student, so my influences and inspirations derived from my studies as well as my environmental surroundings. My school was on 5 acres of forest, and I was living the Pacific Northwest, so I had a multitude of textures, natural beauty, and the constant cloud cover to create darker and more emotionally moody tones in my photographs. I would set up my shoot using the same 3-6 objects, and I would move their placement or interchange their layout and take long exposures. The objects in use were of deep spiritual, ritual, natural, and feminist value to me, personally. I would use a light meter, timer/stopwatch, tripod, and shutter release cable to achieve the effects in each photo. Some photographs were just long exposures with specific objects taken out at a certain time during the exposure, and other photographs were both long and double exposures. The goal was to create a series which represented slight variations of objects 'ghosted' by being taken out half-way, or at a specific time through the long exposure. Without going on for pages, the project was based around Roland Barthes 'Camera Lucida' and the concept of experience, memory, emotion, subjectivity, and a 'history of looking'. This project was only the beginning for my research and in-depth connection of the mind-body-experience of capturing memories in time on analog film. My goal this year is to use an alternative process and create larger prints for my series in connection with my thesis for my MALS degree in Law & Society.
“The photograph is literally an emanation of the referent. From a real body, which was there, proceed radiations which ultimately touch me, who am here; the duration of the transmission is insignificant; the photograph of the missing being, as Sontag says, will touch me like the delayed rays of a star.” - Roland Barthes