To Stand and Fall, 2017deconstructs the notion of movement within dance. Each dancer was asked to portray their interpretation of the medium using their body, producing authentic portraits. The camera acts as a tool to freeze motion. Isolating the human figure in this way contrasts its abilities to transform the body’s inconsistencies into a “thing” that is beautiful.
17x22” Photographic Prints on Luster
Postcards to You, 2016
The function of a postcard is used to address methods of maintaining communication and relationships in distance. Its physical attributes contrast its traditional purpose with alternative uses of connecting with others. The photographs on the cards communicate personal emotions and themes that speak to the challenges of distance experienced in a variety of relationships. Segments from conversations had through texts are placed on the back of the cards using poetic visual qualities. The fragments consider the authenticity of the conversations maintained through distance. The final piece stands as a stack of postcards encompassing authentic and vulnerable emotions.
Pillow and Covers, 2016
Pillow and Covers deconstructs the emotional safety and social disassociations beds provide through intimacies in their physicality.
Montreal - Halifax, 2016
Montreal - Halifax is a personal exploration on the relationship between love and distance. The images are produced to encompass a variety of feelings by relying on subtleties in the photograph, such as a slight gesture, or a choice of distance or closeness with specific subjects. They are not meant to act as statements about love, but to recreate, question, doubt, and explore the relationship love and distance hold.
*Scans are not true to the printed images.
With Myself, 2016
Through intimate portraits, I explore the balance between being lonely and alone. The images serve to represent and question both feelings. Each is an exploration of the self and of the past couple months of my life.
Modelled by Nastasia Pappas-Kemps.
After nearly six years of being away, I returned to the place my mother was born and raised. I revisit places that had been familiar to me in my childhood, and reconnect with the family I have grown to know through a distance. In the subtleties of the land and people, I find the nostalgia of rediscovering the old.
Interested in separation between physical and emotional connection, I place myself within the photographs to try to capture the personal impact physical intimacy has had on me.
The first time I had ever been catcalled was at 12 years old, and it certainly wasn’t the last. This male-dominated society has forced others to constantly feel in a vulnerable state whenever they are in public. Unfortunately, this is a societal norm. To try to bring understanding to how problematic and real this is (despite what many may think), I created a series featuring people I personally knew with bare backs facing the camera, exposed in public areas. Through this series I hope to not only force the audience to see the vulnerability and discomfort of the subjects, but to feel it themselves as they stare at the uncomfortable images.
Models are (in order) Natalie Louch, Neso Warwick, Alex Rapson, Sara Davide, Lindsay Myhal, Eva Bonjour, Sara Porter, and Emma Findlay.
*Aside from colour, these photos have not been manipulated in Photoshop. Each image is only one photograph.