Once Upon a Time & Place, 2008 (2008)

Nostalgia is a comparative act: we compare ourselves and our world to the one passed or lost. Pictures enable us to look upon what has been and instantaneously create a space for comparison: the space in between a fiction and a truth; the present moment and the one depicted. Photographs are story-telling devices, the difference between them residing in the context of their placement. An image can appear in a family scrapbook, on the pages of a newspaper, as a billboard, in an art museum and even when receiving a phone call from a friend. The proliferation of digital technologies is aiding in the dissolution of these boundaries and creating a visual landscape unlike anything that has existed outside of science fiction. My work seeks to question the validity of the information gleaned from a photograph and instead assert the notion that even visual facts have somehow been authored. Whether ...

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Nostalgia is a comparative act: we compare ourselves and our world to the one passed or lost. Pictures enable us to look upon what has been and instantaneously create a space for comparison: the space in between a fiction and a truth; the present moment and the one depicted. Photographs are story-telling devices, the difference between them residing in the context of their placement. An image can appear in a family scrapbook, on the pages of a newspaper, as a billboard, in an art museum and even when receiving a phone call from a friend. The proliferation of digital technologies is aiding in the dissolution of these boundaries and creating a visual landscape unlike anything that has existed outside of science fiction. My work seeks to question the validity of the information gleaned from a photograph and instead assert the notion that even visual facts have somehow been authored. Whether that tale is a personal anecdote or a societal trauma, we use photographs to communicate narratives to one another over geographic and temporal distances.

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