Forgotten Places


Forgotten Places

When does a photograph of a landscape become more than a postcard? How can it become more than a banal reminder of somebody else's vacation?

In the series Forgotten Places, I am interested in our idea of landscape and in the power of images of anonymous natural and urban landscapes to suggest: to connect us to a sense of place that is beyond simple representation, to conjure stories, to evoke memories, real or imagined, to awaken nostalgia and emotion. Idiosyncratic in their selection, I avoid the spectacular or the particular, in favor of the ordinary and the intimate. These are places that may be singular but than can be anywhere. I pursue scenes and construct photographs whose ambiance and equivocal context attempt to reach beyond passive observation and to transcend the scene and the moment of the photograph itself.

The viewer is implicated in the scenes that draw on familiar motifs – forest, sea, empty streets, scenes viewed through windows - whose patterns and essence persist as an atavistic cultural memory, not necessarily as known places but as familiar images that serve as reminders of other moments and that can also be suggestive of other paths. Visual meditations, the photographs lie at the intersection between impersonal documentation and personal encounter, between landscape and response. They are spaces that can be sinister or enticing, somber or luminous and that are metaphors for isolation, stillness, serenity, solitude, menace or nostalgia.

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