A Dream of a Faraway Place
My series, “A Dream of a Faraway Place” explores difference and familiarity in the landscape of my travels. As this work evolved, I discovered that images made in a distant land reminded me of places close to home, and vice versa. This was disorienting. I felt as if I were seeing the world through the soft focus of dreams where memories fragment and merge, producing a remembrance of a time and place that is both real and imagined.
My images are populated with rivers, trees, chairs, bridges and boats, common to most countries. Present is the ubiquitous umbrella. Architectural and natural forms suggest their origins, and locales elsewhere.
My intent in using the soft focus imagery of zone plate is to point to the uncertainty inherent in dreams. In addition, I use black and white film to remove any cultural signifiers that would be evident in color. I wish to convey to the viewer both the image fixed in time, and the suggestion of the images as a dream sequence that reveals and conceals places that may or may not be where we thought them to be.