In the series, “Stories We Tell Ourselves”, my fascination with memory, landscape, vernacular images, and narrative coalesce in a series of constructed photographic images. Drawing influence from painter, Edward Hopper, and writer, Raymond Carver, the photographs in this series consist of open-ended narratives set in non-specific American landscapes to create a visual conversation where loneliness and longing border bewilderment and hope.
I begin the process for this series by making landscape photographs of suburban and rural areas. In doing so, I am interested in finding unoccupied locations to serve as backdrops for the constructed scenarios. The next step in my process is to search through my collection of vernacular photographs to find depictions of people and animals that have the potential to become characters who can elicit a narrative. I then scan the chosen vernacular images into Photoshop where I extract the characters from their original contexts and composite them into new locations and situations.
In these newly re-contextualized photographic realities the depicted landscapes and the extracted figures share a symbiotic relationship, which allows them to transcend time, space, and experience, while taking on new visual roles that have become mysterious rather than innocent. Subsequently, the removal of a figure from one photograph and its insertion into a new photograph calls into question the impetus of memory and the legitimacy of photographic representation.