December provided the great privilege of showing work at a local gallery space, Old Master, in the heart of Marion. Old Master hosted a group show titled “Rhyme and Reason” with other local artists: Cherilyn Kurtz, Devin Goebel, Erin Sweigard, and Garret Langebartels. It provided a chance to show work at little to no risk to a relatively concise and art-minded group of people, so took the opportunity to breathe some new life into some work that had been at a standstill for several months.
The work was a collection of photographs taken on walks of my neighborhood. I removed all ‘crutches’ of the capture process — the LCD, Display and Auto-Metering capabilities — as well as covering up the screen as the images processed and printed in postproduction. The resulting images spanned a two-block radius of my house over several months. I didn’t feel like the work was any more than an exercise, so I brought my 3-year-old daughter with me on my walks and asked her to photograph the same places I had with an instant camera. I wanted to visually expand and manifest the exchange of experience in our relationship. I took her resultant photographs and laid them over mine, obfuscating and obscuring my images with her ‘less experienced’ images.
In the process, the camera was broken. She and I took the remaining instant film and took turns feeding the exposed film through the camera. This created a second series of instant film images and was a fun experiment in chance. It may be that a process happens a dozen times (or fifteen in our case) with a different, nuanced result each time.
Both works come from the relatively new world of parenting, a role that is an integral part of the human experience for every person in some degree or another.