To be a photographer is to search for that one special moment to remember an interaction, event, or person. It means searching for meaning and memory even in the most mundane situations, with or without a camera.

 

I was drawn to photography because of its duality: it has the ability to be an almost accurate depiction of reality, but it is always affected by the point of view of the photographer. Therefore, photographs are not in the purest sense truths, rather they are a skewed representation of truth through the eyes of the photographer. This is achieved by the choice in composition or a direct manipulation of the subject matter.

In addition, the subject is reduced by the transmission of the light to the film plane making every photograph a copy of reality. A print becomes a copy of a copy. And so on. The medium itself is a visual xerox. I feel drawn to both aspects of photography (the truth and non-truthiness of it) and strive for my work to express this duality.

I am fascinated by the worlds we have created and inhabit. My photographs show the impact of human beings have on their environments, almost exclusively without a human being in the frame. Like Ed Ruscha I catalog and collect archetypes of the human experience as a curious, not political, voyeur.

©2020 by Erika Neola