Brief Lives came from time spent in fields and meadows near Syracuse and Ithaca, New York. In the years since moving to this area I have visited these open spaces at the beginnings and ends of days to photograph ephemera like morning dew and the intensity of reflected color at dusk.
This is a series in three sections, each focusing on a different family of objects. These are attempts to pare the world down to the subject/object encounter, to forefront bare particularity and difference.
Most of these images are long exposure photographs made in the dark at dusk; in them dim light is brightened, taking on tonal qualities and colors otherwise unseen. The subjects of some of these images were nearly too small to focus my camera on.
I feel my eyes intensely when photographing things too dark or too small to clearly see. I become grateful for what my eyes afford and conscious of their limitations. In making these images I address these limitations directly. It is often unclear what these images are of; they both show and conceal what they picture. Like looking into the dark, sight falls short.
Image 20, of a faint pink/beige field, was made in collaboration with Natalia Sarrazin Aguilar.
2020 – ongoing