I initiate the experience of nostalgic shock through juxtaposing overwhelming pattern and color with objects and places that are familiar. When walking through the homes of estate sales, I seek flamboyant colors, eccentric patterns, and recognizable objects that suspend me in a state of memory. To emphasize each object’s emotive qualities, I arrange scenes that combine each object with color and pattern to provoke an emotional response. Each composition is intentionally created to form a descriptive representation of time, place, and memory.
Nostalgic Shock Vol. 2
Coon Dog Memorial Cemetery
The Places I've Never Lived
I find interest in the way places and objects look when they are surrounded by darkness due to its ability to change the appearance of something otherwise considered ordinary. When passing through the familiar places of my hometown, I discovered how different these places appeared when observed at night. My awareness of the surrounding area was enhanced, and I noticed unique objects, compositions, and various light sources within these everyday places. In each photograph, I limited the composition to a singular light source in order for the light to serve as a tool to highlight a subject that would otherwise go completely unnoticed or unappreciated. This body of work draws attention to the mundane places and objects that are overlooked during the day and brought to life at night.
Taper, Fade, or Neither
With the introduction of modern commercial chains, is the concept of traditional family business an idea of the past? The answer is no. I researched the local area and found some of the oldest businesses that Memphis, Tennessee has to offer. To my surprise, the majority were classic icons of American history: barber shops. Old-fashioned barber shops are simple in nature yet they continue to compete with their glorified counterparts. Many men seem to favor the originals due to the outstanding reputations that have been obtained throughout the years as well as the quality of the service. Each shop overflows with history, culture, and individuality all the while making customers one of their main priorities. From documenting these businesses, I was able to learn the personal stories, histories, and discover the sentimental value that resides within these barber shops. Resilience, dependability, adaptability, and a genuine gratitude fort he customer are characteristics that keep the traditions alive and the family owned barber shops ahead of the competition.