Pressure Points is a photographic series that documents my post-divorce life with my daughter. I am interested in the awkward moments we share together that reveal idiosyncrasies, intimacy or distance. At times, I set the stage for a photographic moment to occur and other times I observe as she plays and is unaware of my presence. The divorce plays out in our lives both in subtle and startling ways as I observe her through windows, behind a sofa pillow, or in the shade of my house. The awkwardness of childhood surprises me as I record fragments of her body through the lens; fragments that refer to the severing of the family unit. It is a half-life we share due to custody obligations. She is here and then she is gone.
In Re-Collecting, I went back to my childhood home where my parents still live and posed myself in places where some of our most memorable family photographs were taken. I then used Photoshop to revisit the past by altering the original family photograph and placing myself as an adult within the scene. I considered this adult version of myself within the scene as a disruption to the original photograph. This adult intruder becomes an interruption to the memory of the snapshot and to the familial gaze that takes place within the scene. The images are printed small to reference the size of the family snapshots held within the family album. The photographs are printed on metal to reference early family photographs like daguerreotype and tintype as well as a reference to the way images of family are etched in our minds and lasting, like metal. I was intrigued by this investigation into my past and also the disruption of the very specific memory. Re-Collecting references time and memory and how family photographs are real but they also illustrate personal fictions to the people within the frame.