My use of photography stemmed from a desire to be able to show everything in a space, every object, every wall, every idiosyncrasy. The rectilinear shape that is the traditional photograph never fulfilled this desire, it seemed to force an artificial boundary onto the subject. By letting the space dictate the size and shape of it’s representation, a truer experience of its nature can be gained. The tiled format forces a filmic trail with which the viewer can follow, revealing the camera’s inspection of the space as it is being documented. The viewer is coerced to experience the space in a certain way, but has the freedom to travel in and out of each path at their own leisure. The work brings seemingly intimate spaces into the public view.
Photographing my peer group was an attempt to contextualize our generation. Being in our twenties, we were too old to be truly "naive and young", but too young to have built a genuine sensibility of where we were going. As children of the 80's, many of us watched as our parent’s marriages fell apart and our friends were scattered across the country. The economy, at least where I grew up, turned for the worst and nearly half of the population left to find jobs elsewhere. The sense of security that previous generations had, albeit it false, totally broke down. We had no solid reason to stay where we were or create roots anywhere for that matter. The "good old days" had imploded under their own weight. It was clear that our future was up to us.