Unincorporated South Carolina 2016
The foundation of my work came from my interest in people's self projection into landscape and its relationship to John Locke's natural rights trinity, which included property. I have photographed the changing landscape in Charleston and specifically focused on the historical Gullah communities, who are direct descendants of slaves. My work reflects my world that floated like a transient between two dominate existences. Affluent communities have overdeveloped the town of Mount Pleasant, breaking natural barriers that protect land and therefore are eliminating a preexisting culture. The insistence to remain unincorporated is a choice in lifestyle despite the consequence of lack of acceptance that flows between the communities. Boundaries are created to preserve cultures that can only survive with the maintenance of the land.
Ten Mile River 2013
Lush green, bright yellow, and deep brown paints these woods called the Ten Mile River Open Space. This was a place where my brother Tim and I would dream, and would lay in the tree house or on rocks and imaging our lives someday. On other days, we go on adventures looking for objects. I imaged the farmers, who used to own the equipment in the woods, having horses run free. Tim found an arrowhead and imaged Indian battles and hunting. I never ventured deeper into the woods. There were places that weren’t always safe, especially down by the Ten Mile River. There were abandon mineshafts and hunting that had occurred on this land. Tim called this the Wild.
As a young adult, I have returned to this land and rediscovered this place where I grew up. Day has light and that shows much of the space whereas night limits the broad view. Night can be seen as deceiving but in fact it is revealing of what day cannot show. The limiting light can show the complexity of the landscape because night presents the land different than the day. It creates discoveries that would not occur in the day. I could negotiate this space at night from the real and my own memories by choosing what to reveal.
These photos are taken with a 4x5 View Camera. Each long exposure is done with work lights and flashlights.
Kodak, whose founder George Eastman, was a progressive company, whose invention changed the world in photography with its Brownie camera, stating: “You press the button, we do the rest.” It also manufactured different films and papers, both in color and black and white. Rochester, New York, was its hometown, where the stately mansion of its owner is now an international historical museum named The George Eastman House. It is a reminder of the success of Kodak, housing a permanent collection of thousands of photographs, cameras, books, a wealth of information and treasures. The combination of the global economic crisis in tandem with the ever-present digital has recently forced Kodak to file for Chapter 11, declaring bankruptcy, closing its factories and selling all its patents at auction. It signals the end of a manufacturing giant, an insurmountable loss to a world-wide creative and technical community of professionals and amateurs; all ages, men and women.
Shortly after Kodak went bankrupt, I found an old box of 8x10 Kodak Fiber that expired February 1, 1944. This installation is made with 68 sheets of the 8x10 paper. Each paper represents one year past the expiration date. The first paper in the series was exposed to sunlight for 68 minutes. Proceeding images in the sequence were exposed for one minute less.