I was born and raised in California's Central Valley: the agricultural heartland of the west coast. These images comprise an ongoing series capturing fragments of quietude throughout my home state. Home can be a very complicated concept and it certainly has been for me. The idea of home always brings me back to my lonely childhood days spent wandering on my own; discovering and exploring my little world and all the while consumed with a deep sense of isolation.
Landscape is probably the most clichéd genre of photography. Yet, we never tire of looking at landscape photographs. For me landscapes are an exploration into the Kantian sublime. I am constantly humbled and fascinated by the natural world; discovering that sublime sense of awe in my minds failure to fully grasp the enormity of what lies before me.
Many of my images are self portraits. Often this is simply because I am my most readily available subject and I am willing to do whatever I want me to do. At the same time, these images can often be about self exploration and finding a sense of comfort in my own skin.
This series is inspired by the paintings of René Magritte. Magritte said of his work: “My painting is visible images which conceal nothing… they evoke mystery and indeed when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question ‘What does that mean’? It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing either, it is unknowable.” In this sense surrealist art becomes an exploration into the unknown without the typically desired end of unveiling mysteries. Since so many of the questions we ask through art, science, philosophy, etc. do not have definitive answers, the simple evocation of mystery or posing of questions becomes our source of meaning. The answer lies in the question itself: in the act of exploration rather than in the result. I think this opens us up to a playfulness and lightness in art and in life. If we can enjoy the mere process of inquiry and find fulfillment within curiosity itself, we may come as close as ever to the secrets of life. This play between alluring mystery and tenuous revelation is something I attempt to explore in this work.