Inkjet print, Limited Edition print 1/20
22 x 30 in
We live our lives with a routine that we follow. Every day we repeat some variation of that routine and participate in activities that we do not realize we are participating in. I am interested in that repetition and ordinariness that is present in our everyday lives. The idea of not questioning what we do and simply accepting it as a part of life is something that fascinates me.
One way that I am exploring this idea is by photographing people watching television. They are watching programs that they choose, when they typically watch television. This activity that we participate in becomes a part of many peoples everyday lives. People form a relationship with the television, it becomes part of a home, center of the room, an activity that we participate in and look forward to. It is something that brings people together as a form of interaction, a common thing that people do. In my photographs I am hoping that people will become aware of this relationship that we have with an object. It is something that people become engaged in and interact with. When making these photographs, the camera is placed at the television, showing the actual relationship that the television viewer has created with the object.
Inkjet print, Edition of 15
13 x 19.5 in. (framed)
“Yet some how the suburb managed to impose its own logic. In architecture and landscape, essential dualism, both spatial and temporal, were denied...And buried not far beneath the surface of its apparent uniformity lie distinctions that depend less on origin then on activity.” - Visions of Suburbia
We function and exist in our day-to-day lives as a part of multiple communities. Often our everyday life becomes so familiar that we do not take notice of the activities that we participate in and the structural environment around us, or question the role that they have in our lives. The routine of driving is one common activity in communities. As a driver you are constantly attentive to what is happening around you, trying to get somewhere and predicting the moves of other drivers. What happens when there is a break in that awareness? Still stuck in the car, in a seat, I am looking at what is happening when we are stopped at a light or in traffic. Do we just sit and stare ahead, have a conversation, or see what is happening around us? I am documenting what is happening in my rearview mirror, looking at the actions occurring behind my car while I am waiting.