Photographic Constructions

Often I have ideas for images that require me to look beyond the boundaries, the literal boundaries, and edges of a single photograph. These photographic constructions are my attempts to take a single image and use it to build a larger narrative. For most of these pieces I’ve used Polaroid cameras and SX70 prints. I chose them because of the immediacy of image production. Since I did not have access to a darkroom for several years after leaving graduate school, these cameras gave me a means to make finished prints without one. 

Even though today we can view an image immediately on our phones and digital cameras, we can’t easily hold a tangible print within seconds of taking the picture. Using Polaroid material I could hold this object and immediately begin the associative thinking that would lead me into a larger reality. Additionally, I liked the larger bottom margin of these unique little prints as they provided a place to take notes if it seemed appropriate. Eventually those notes evolved into stories. 

Combining a photograph with other media and objects creates a larger, less descriptive reality. A dialogue develops between what each photograph says by itself and what it says in a combined object, between what it was and what it’s become.  I think it is this attempt, this process of relating single photographic images to something larger, and the resultant tension, humor, and beauty that fascinates me.

Recently Polaroid media has made a comeback after being gone for decades. I’m encouraged to revisit this process and see what comes of it.

Real Estate Fate
20”H x 17”W x 3”D, Cibachrome prints, topographic map, pencil, acrylic paint, scale model figures, masonite

Dancer’s Nightmare
14”H x 24”W x 2”D, Polaroid SX-70 prints, colored pencil, acrylic paint

Landscape Changing Shape
11”H x 14”W x 2”D, type C prints, topographic map, found objects, acrylic paint, masonite

The Moon is Always a Woman
19”H x 12” W x 2”D, gelatin silver print, Polaroid SX-70 prints, wire, acrylic paint, masonite

The End of the World Ain’t Going to Be No Spectator Sport
11”H x 14”W x 2”D, Polaroid SX-70 prints, scale model figures, fabric, screen, wire, masonite

Palm Trees
31”H x 228”W x 2”D, Polaroid SX-70 prints, colored pencil, acrylic paint, masonite

Roamer
20”H x 48”W x 2”D, gelatin silver print, Polaroid SX-70 prints, wire, acrylic paint, masonite

Mirage
28”H x 20”W x 2”D, Cibachrome print, Polaroid SX-70 prints, topographic map, scale model figures, colored pencil, acrylic paint

Duck and Cover 1   (one of three pieces) 12”x13”x2”, Polaroid SX-70 prints, scale model figures and appliances, masonite

Duck and Cover 1
(one of three pieces) 12”x13”x2”, Polaroid SX-70 prints, scale model figures and appliances, masonite

Duck and Cover 2   (one of three pieces) 12”x13”x2”, Polaroid SX-70 prints, scale model figures, fabric, wood

Duck and Cover 2
(one of three pieces) 12”x13”x2”, Polaroid SX-70 prints, scale model figures, fabric, wood

Duck and Cover 3
(one of three pieces) 12”x13”x2”, Polaroid SX-70 prints, scale model figures, fabric, wood, masonite