Vignette (1998 - present)
Street scenes, depicted through the eye of a plastic lens.
The intent of this work is to suspend narrow slices of life and the backdrops that embrace them with a sense of nostalgia both personal and relatable. The driving force behind each frame addresses our ideas of memory and history. We see a little of our friends, our family, and ourselves within the context of these simple and ethereal images, and connect ourselves to them. Inspiration and concept come in the form of this definition from the world of theater: “Vignettes are short impressionistic scenes that focus on one moment or give a trenchant impression about a character, an idea, or a setting.” This is the real world theater that I endeavor to contain within each still image. There remains a timelessness that the viewer can experience over and over again with no tangible aspect to date the image or the vignette contained therein.
The use of plastic toy cameras offers a process of using the simplest of tools to assist in concentrating on the composition and content of each moment. No batteries, dials, buttons, bells or whistles of modern digital technology to distract. Merely line of sight and a single click of the shutter is all I want between myself and the subject, nothing more. As an ongoing body of work, Vignette will never truly be finished, unless the theater of daily life were to cease…and that is what I like most about it.