Cameras are devices of visual communication, exchanging and conveying information through their own encoded language. Individuals crave translation of the visible world through these devices because it heightens a sense of authority and control over lived experience. However, as photographic and other time-based technologies improve, the distinctions between representation and underlying reality become less distinct. As we accept these representations as alternatives or pretexts to reality, fluency with the camera’s encoded language becomes less than conversational. Through my work I investigate the photographic apparatus and how it can affect structures of perception, time, and our understanding of reality.
Photographic technology has fundamentally changed the way we interact with the natural world. As geographic locations continue to be developed, individuals seek to utilize the camera’s ability to replicate reality in efforts to preserve or reconnect with the natural. This drive to photograph and preserve the “real” perhaps stems from a subconscious fear that the world as we know it is finite and on the cusp of irreversible alteration. With every new image captured, the current boundaries of the natural world become more permeated by technology. Easing this acceptance of degradation, the possibilities remaining of the natural world are whittled down by one, while the alternate universe of digital information becomes one entry richer. I currently am utilizing a combination of video and flatbed scanning technologies to create images that serve as my effort to broaden the distinction between real and representation and as contemplations of how easily photographs serve as replacements for experience.