From a Distance

2004

Full-plate ambrotypes on black glass

And we would go on as though nothing was wrong. And hide from these days we remained all alone. Staying in the same place, just staying out the time. Touching from a distance, Further all the time. Transmission – Joy Division (1978)

When you reach that moment of no return which path do you take? Is this the start or end of it all? These emotionally rich photographic images exist in the space between love and loss. The two fragmented figures occupy parts or little of the frame. Are they new lovers or strangers for way too long, witnesses to each other’s empty hearts.

“The contemporary language of oblique framing and selective focus combines with the evanescent appearance of the collodion image to suggest the impermanence of relationship. Few, if any, contemporary processes are so adaptable, or so accommodating of opposites: the “seeming contradictions” of this remarkable process perfectly frame, and perfectly reflect, the impermanence and lastingness, fragility and strength, and visible or invisible magic of the relationships these photographs explore.” -Don Snyder

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Film:

Collodion