Abstract Rooms

  • "Painting a Real Set"

  • "Dead End"
    Like many in this series, this image is composed of white paint, black cloth, cardboard and lights. It shows an odd corridor which
    leads to nothing. I imagine many of these as sci-fi crime scenes or bizarre fun houses which just endured a psychological earthquake.

  • "Skewed Reflection"
    The bifurcation creates what looks like 2 prison cells. Fascinated with video games like Pacman where traversing off the right
    'stage' will bring you back onto the left. Here, a rock in the right cell broke the mirror, the fragments of which lay in the left cell.

  • This room started-off looking like an adaptation of a Vincent Van Gogh painting, "Bedroom Arles" but changed into something resembling
    the bedroom from, "The Metamorphosis," or so I thought at the time. The bug Gregor hiding under the bed has it tilted up awkwardly.

  • "When Monsters Come Out of The Closet at Night"

  • "Warm Bedroom. Reading"
    The cold recesses of space so close to our cozily-lit home.

  • "Cage"

  • Sketch for previous image

  • "Wolf at The Door"
  • "Candle Light"
    Two very odd ideas put together: A candle falsely illuminating the darkness and an antique paper telephone made of Styrofoam and Styrofoam cups.
    I firmly believe that objects, which, have nothing to do with one another, are more interesting in combination than objects which should and do occupy the same
    photographic space. Furthermore, when simply creating documentary photographs I seek those naturally occurring juxtapositions with intensity.

  • "Wrong"

  • "Cartographer's Station Near the Ocean"
    This set expresses the warmth of the real ocean but it is barely convincing. I favor this method of representation. Relying on 'realistic'
    photographic documentation of place as a means to travel there in mind doesn't do service to place or image despite how good the camera.

  • "Glass House"
    Here, the image was created after the title, usually it's the reverse. Many of these are exposed with an 8x10 view camera. The benefits of using one include larger print sizes, negatives equivalent to 200 megapixels, and a rush knowing you just spent $25 to capture a single image. What I mean by that is, before exposure you must make certain the scene is as desired because of the costs associated with the exposure. Digital image capture, despite its many wonderful qualities, doesn't have that 'rush'. Thank God.

  • "Forest and Green"
    "If there's a crime there that's not it and you know it"

  • "Empty Library, Secret Passage"

  • "The Backyard"
    This is my favorite image. It feels like a hellish concrete wasteland, but also like an elegant, simple drawing
    that isn't a real space at all. I wander towards the hollow blackness the way I wander within an Edward Hopper painting.

  • "Backdrop in Set"
    This juxtaposes two spaces that rest somewhere in the collective unconscious. Gray slightly industrial space vs. someplace warm and inviting.
    It was created to suggest yearning to be apart of a lifestyle more in tune with the landscape. Rather than a lifestyle with Facebook, locked doors, phone apps,
    modern medicine, 1000 passwords and the ever-hastening pace of jobs. Things we unconsciously wish to breakaway from but cannot because we enjoy them too.

  • Behind the set for 'Playhouse Image'

  • "Playhouse Image"

  • "Deprivation Tank 1"
    "Thumbnails from 3 hours of compiled still-images from Justin and Mandie's project in the deprivation tank."

  • "Deprivation Tank 2"

  • "Deprivation Tank 3"

  • "Deprivation Tank 4"
    "The previous 4 images were still frames from a 70-hour time-lapse movie. There, Mandie and Justin painted, read, ate nuts/berries, drank whiskey and had intercourse."