I am a Chicago-based photographer. My work explores the poesis and politics of the fragile intimacies that animate and haunt our everyday lives, through attention to the ways in which our worlds are marked by traces of others. Others who are present and who are absent. Intimate others, distant others, others we do not or cannot know. Haunted by the inheritances we bear, animated by the promise of that which is to come. I think such being through a photographic practice that attends to the places we inhabit and the people (kin and strangers) that we inhabit them with. I wish to evoke the ineffable relationalities – of closeness and of intangibility; of presence and of history; of memory and of anticipation; of familiarity and of strangeness – that teach us how to live.
I present here a photographic essay on intimacy called “Traces of an other”. I am interested in the fundamental contradiction that intimacy presents for photography. On the one hand, it suggests a deep closeness which goes beyond superficial appearances to get to the essence of something that cannot be seen. And yet, the photograph depends upon visibility. How can the camera “see” something that is at its core intangible? It is this tension of straddling closeness and abstraction that I wish to explore in my work.