Anytown

 

Anytown is a sleepy little town, where nothing ever changes, and nothing unexpected ever happens. The ebb and flow of time has halted here, frozen, never to progress or evolve. Preserved forever at the peak of its perfection, it could never be so immaculate again and so it must remain the same, forever.

Anytown does not appreciate novelty. Many are the poor souls who attempt to make a fresh start here. New businesses pop up here and there, and disappear, within a week. There is a sign in town that is never finished, because nothing new ever stays.

Anytown is difficult to find. There is only one entrance, a white door. Even if you manage to locate the door, you will most likely never see the other side of it. Exclusivity is crucial. Visitors are dangerous.  They carry with them new ideas and opinions, they look different, they speak different languages, they wish to make Anytown a better place, but Anytown needs no improvement, it is already perfect.

 

Nothing bad ever happens in Anytown. There is no crime, conflict, or cause for concern, everything is sublimely banal. There are rules that must never be broken. As long as you abide by the rules, you may continue to live here. Living here is a privilege.  

 

 

Force of Nature

This series is about the unpredictability of nature. I created photograms with orgainc materials such as flowers and leaves, using the cyanotype or ‘sun-print’ process. I made my exposures with sunlight, often leaving my prints outside for at least an hour, sometimes two. The ‘sun-printing’ process is appropriate for my subject matter considering plants’ innate ability to photosynthesize. Additionally, I discovered that the combination of humidity in the air and moisture within the plants would create a chemical reaction of sorts, causing discoloration not traditionally seen in cyanotypes. In reference to nature, my process was unpredictable as well. Each print was an experiment since I was working with multiple variables, making the outcomes of my prints difficult to foresee. One of the variables I worked with was of course natural light, with such long exposures the intensity of light varies, as well as the temperature, or amount of humidity. Plants of different colors, textures, and thickness all reacted differently and provided various results.