In the series, “Stories We Tell Ourselves”, memory, landscape, vernacular images, and narrative coalesce in a series of constructed photographs. Drawing influence from painter, Edward Hopper, and writer, Raymond Carver, I create open-ended narratives set in non-specific American landscapes to craft a visual conversation where loneliness and longing border bewilderment and hope.
I begin the process for this series by making landscape photographs of unoccupied suburban and rural areas to serve as backdrops in the depicted scenes. The next step in my process is to search through my collection of vernacular photographs to find depictions of figures to be used as characters that have the potential to elicit a narrative. I then scan the images into Photoshop where I extract the figures from their original contexts and composite them into the newly photographed locations.
In these 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 legitimacy of photographic representation.