I am interested in the physical and intangible geography of place, and in particular, the emotional landscape of home.
In the series 45 Degrees North, I repeatedly photograph my 1875 farmhouse and the surrounding landscape in the Lake Champlain Islands in northern Vermont.
Using everyday household items, such as food coloring, tea, bourbon, matches and sandpaper, I burn, scratch, microwave, layer and dye these negatives. I then scan the results, embracing dust, disintegration and imperfection. Additionally, some of these images are created using multiple in-camera exposures, removing the ability to see the results until the film is processed.
Through this work, I seek to explore the fluid boundaries of past and present, the tensions between domestic comfort and unease, and the energetic imprints that emotional experience can leave behind in the ever-changing physical and psychic terrain of home and place.
Series in progress.
Print Editions: 17"x22" and 24"x28"