When I moved to Florida, friends up north asked me what it was like to spend Christmas surrounded by palm trees, without snow – did it feel festive? I began to photograph holiday decorations. They were plentiful, even the most modest homes adorned with icicle lights and plastic snowmen. I later returned to the same locations to find the a void where the displays once stood.
I created these diptychs, each with two photographs of the same scene. Despite the presence of decorations, neither image conveys a cheerful spirit. I am interested in how objects intended to be festive or meaningful one day can be reduced to stuff the next, returned to dusty boxes in the garage or casually discarded. Or further, if people were just going through the motions all along.
This series was taken between 2012 and 2014 in Florida and Oregon.