I’m often overcome with nostalgia.
Its bitterness weighs heavy at the corners of my heart while its sweetness conjures up belly laughs and gratitude for moments once lived. It is through my work that I honor this beautifully complex emotion.
When researching nostalgia, I became particularly fascinated with the brain’s process of storing and recalling memories — our brains record snippets of detail and emotion and then rely on our basic understanding of the world to fill the gaps. Memories are hazy and distorted, they fade over time.
The photograph can act as an antidote for fading memories. However, I’m interested in what arises when the photograph emulates the distorted visual qualities and salient emotions of a memory instead. I attempt to document how we feel the world around us, rather than how we see it. This is the inspiration for my body of work.