archival pigment ink on rag paper, 2015, 13"w x 19"h
The draw of a beautiful photograph quickly becomes a dark joke. I create photographs that are meant to highlight their ability either to evoke empathy or even a fetishism of another human’s suffering. My photographs are staged moments with characters who appear to have just undergone a traumatic experience. The fabrication of these images heightens the conflict of photography’s ability to simulate a personal and emotional response to a character that does not really exist. This, in turn, points toward our current cultural condition of experiencing simulation of the real instead of experiencing reality.
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