The Reality Principle, 2015

 

Like a short story or a poem a photograph can be both embellished yet pared back. I am drawn to this brevity within photography, as much as to its ability to reveal a psychological narrative through its details.

 

Interior landscapes, quotidian objects and portraits have been recurring motifs within my work. Often choosing people I know as my subjects adds an intensity to this process, as there can be both a comfort and awkwardness in asking them to act out a role in front of my camera.

 

"The Reality Principle" is a series of photographs that situate the subject within a type of transitional space. For me, this series presents a tension between the constructed identity and their actual identity. It is this ambiguous territory between documentary and staged photography that intrigues me the most.