I submitted the first 14 images from my new body of work-in-progress, Fantômes Fracturés (Fractured Phantoms), to the French photography journal L’Oeil de la Photographie (The Eye of Photography) this past Monday, June 29.
They published the whole thing five days later in their Saturday, July 4 issue! Well, that was bang-up!
So with this project, I continue to explore how we experience the passage of time. Most of us, myself included, think of time as linear; minutes become hours, days to weeks, and months to years that will become centuries. But in Fractured Phantoms, time conflates into a series of image moments. These are like 100 year-old spiral staircases that collapse into single, sensory impressions, layered moments from past experiences, ones that have healed into permanent memories of home, family, loved ones, some perhaps not-so-loved ones. Each one is a construct made from things-past, seen today. Perhaps they are reflections in curved mirrors. They are intentionally not real so they can become hyper-real. They are simulacra. They enfold our secrets and in this way, expose them.