Extending the Eye

2013. A solo show at Aviatrix Atelier, in Berlin, Germany, featuring photographs made on a road trip across the United States.

“To photography is to appropriate the thing photographed. It means putting one into a certain relation to the world that feels like knowledge -- and therefore like power.” - Susan Sontag

The mirror that appears in my photographs exists to bring these underlying questions into the forefront of the image-- for the photographer, the subject, and the viewer. As the photographer, it pushed me to converse with my subjects, to not subtly make photos of people I did not know and did not gain photographic consent from. It allowed me to be more deliberate, to explain. In handing the subject the mirror, I allowed them to physically see themselves during the moment when I was taking their very physicality from them. I hoped to return the image while taking it.