For a long time the art that appealed to me the most would often feature nude women. My apartment was filled with this type of artwork. I attributed my enjoyment of this artwork to be my "aesthetic". It wasn't until much later on that I was able to see that my enjoyment of this style of art didn't come from an appreciation of it, but rather a sexualization of the pieces.
In response to this I wanted to create a body of work that featured nude women, but never allowed for the models to be sexualized by any audiences or even me, the photographer. To achieve this I set up a digital pinhole camera with plastic bags attached to the lens, and also a long exposure setting. I left the room and had the models take the photos of themselves. When they were finished the images were full of orange blurs, all trace of the human body had been lost.
Mutilation is a collection of photographs embodying the catalyst that originally piqued my interest in photography: an outlet through which to explore my own mind.
Coming from a background in filmmaking, where thousands of still moments make up the moving image, I have the freedom to expand on stories over longer periods of time. It can be difficult to tell a story with just one still image. In an attempt to replicate the feeling of watching a film, each of these photographs go through a rigorous process of costume design, location scouting, and set design.
Typically at the beginning of this process, a song will spark an image in my mind. Once that image appears, I start translating it into a tangible reality that can be captured with the camera and shared with others. I believe that within my work there are clues for viewers to discover more about their subconscious. Like the ambiguity of a Rorschach test or a Dali painting, each image begs the viewer to create a story of how the scene that they are viewing came to be, and what will happen afterwards.