Deep Breath

 

After spending 14 months minimally interacting with the outside world prior to Covid vaccination, my project “Deep Breath” is driven by my desire to regain comfort and trust with others through portraiture and dialogue. My sitters and I engaged in a conversation about how the pandemic has influenced their perceptions of people, our society, our country, while I photograph them with lengthened camera exposures to visually document the time physically spent in the same room together. As I take in the “new new normal” of being able to be in close physical contact with people again, I aim to attain some level of understanding in how others have learned to cope with what the pandemic has dealt and revealed to them. The outcome of the portraits are chemigrams – an experimental photographic process which frees my work from predictable visual outcomes, and also abstracts imagery in a way that touches on my varied feelings about being present with my subjects. I represent our conversations, unexpectedly intense and private with many strangers, as abstracted letterform-based compositions that reference the difficulty of communication in our present societal moment.

Watch an interview to learn more about my concept and process for “Deep Breath”.