Photographs, especially physical prints, tend to create an illusion of holding on to certain places and people, but in our world obsessed with the image, images are easily discarded. I was drawn to working with cyanotypes because of the immediacy of the process and the texture of paper, which, unlike glossy surface, easily absorbs water and can be treated in a number of ways. By subjecting them to natural elements, I wanted to play with materiality of the medium and vulnerability of photographic memories.
Portraiture has been challenging for me in a way that sometimes it’s hard to break through a glass wall when the subjects are hyper-aware of the way they present themselves. There are lots of concerns surrounding the way this image is maintained, something that quite recently has been mostly reserved for celebrities and politicians, and it’s rare that someone really allows to be “seen”.
8'' x 10'' cyanotype prints, edition of 1, 2016-2017