These photographs, from the on-going series Relinquish, document the home where my aged parents have resided for over forty years, exploring their hermetic lives within. Through this project I have come to understand how my parents and I, gracefully and lovingly, are letting go of each other -- relinquishing each other to the natural cycle of life. To relinquish them is to remember them anew.
I came to this photographic project while circling a high desert bush. Walking its circumference, I marveled at its intricate architecture of twigs, its graceful dance, its ever-changing existence as the light and landscape shifted.
With a compass in pocket, I photograph to observe the subtle changes in orientation and perspective, texture and shadow, emotion and gesture. Some directional elements pull me more than others, others disorient; some are obvious, others barely perceptible. Each singular image is portrait-like, and when gathered together in these polyptychs, the images both anchor and disorient the viewer, inviting us to question our bearings.
The art term, pentimento, describes the underlying changes in composition
and ideas in the process of painting, the faint renderings of an idea evolving,
covered over with the new.
I’ve always found this painterly phenomenon intriguing, and began to previsualize
images layered with change, nostalgia, and beauty. These images, captured
while on or beside a body of water, express a kind of mythic timelessness.
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