Desert Pictures | 2014
Desert Pictures explores the notion of landscape. Growing up in the desert of the Southwestern US has deeply informed my interest in how an environment is imaged and framed: can the spatial, perceptual, temporal, biological, and chemical be embodied photographically? By focusing on optics, light, minerals, surface, time, and chemical and digital interactions my projects embody these essential components of photography and video imaging in order to reveal the conditions of representation. To make Desert Pictures, I collaborate with the desert environment using minerals, rain, and the sun. Varied approaches explore the materiality of analogue and digital media to suggest alternative ways to represent the visual, spatial, and temporal aspects of an environment, experimenting with how an environment can be interpreted beyond landscape photography.
I developed this project as the Artist Fellow at the Center for Creative Photography and works from this series are now a part of their permanent collection.
The video "untitled (sun)" engages with the idea of landscape representation through unconventional manipulations of imaging media. In the mid-day brightness of Northern Mexico, I blindly pointed the camera directly at the sun, purposely causing overexposure of individual pixels. The chromatic aberrations caused by the malfunction of the camera’s sensor reveal the aesthetic possibilities of failure, depicting the sun as an ever-changing column of light, fringed with green and purple radiations. This sensor “bloom” transforms the image of the sun while exposing the medium’s limits of representation.
untitled (sun) | 2014 | digital video