I’ve been thinking of a summary for my long-exposure project from a couple of years ago. I decided I really needed to do a solid edit of what I had, and to think about what it really meant. I had two major concepts at the outset – of once again shaking up my own self-imposed formal austerity and of maintaining a balance between abstraction and representation. As the project progressed, I realized that I was making images that resembled memories of everyday things we all have – things like the face of a passerby, or a building that caught our attention in passing. These aren’t crystal-clear memories, not the type of things that might stick in your head if you witness something extraordinary, whether good or bad. No, these are memories of everyday things: ones you remember, but not very clearly. You could call them impressionist memories.
I think the most successful of these images achieve my initial goals and the subsequent focus on examining visual memory. Formally they’re more dynamic and colorful than anything I had done before, even my floral time-slice series, which, though colorful, did not have the same variety of form as these images do. I also think that the focus on remembrance adds a level of depth that sets it apart from my other ‘formal’ work.
Anyway, here they are. Let me know what you think.