MUSEUM STATES / THREE BODIES
Moving back to my hometown after time away, I searched restlessly for symbols and traces to draw connections between my past, present, alive and dead selves. I walked old paths, dug through my own archives, read Ralph Rugoff's "Scene of the Crime” and asked myself and the landscape what had changed and remained.
A metal gate soon re-emerged as I walked, marking the entrance of potent journeys I went on as a child. Looking through the eyepiece, I attempted to adopt the gaze of an anthropologist, excavating the fragments of my own history with a macro lens. Using photography as a conduit, I tried to glimpse at the psychological spaces where autobiography, physical land and personal symbology remain charged.
As I photographed I experienced the intersecting and interacting of bodies (and their contents): that of my body (and my mind within it); the body of the land (and the metal gate present within); the body of the camera (and the 35mm film waiting patiently inside) and where these three rivers met, inner resolution appeared.
Situating myself in the environment of the past, I re-resourced and affected my present internal state, using the physical act of walking to summon the memories and experiences that I knew were still hovering in the land.
Silver gelatin prints from 35mm black and white negatives.
5 x 76.2 x 101.6 cm / 30 x 40 inches
Each print in an edition of 5 + 2 AP
Kent, UK. 1999-2016.