Nostalgia-What Is Left Behind
The human experience is an accumulation of multiple narratives, revealed in the journey, and characterized by the interplay between the present and the past. This exchange is facilitated by the mechanism called nostalgia, and this thing gives us a sense of belonging by connecting us to our common humanity, and by reconnecting the here and now to the then and there. We satisfy this sentimental longing for the past, with the memories that we hold, with the dreams that we have; with things that we come across in our journey and with the photographs that we treasure. Images, which can act like triggers activate memories in a vivid recollection of a time or place, or of sentiments associated with happiness or sadness with melancholy or a sense of loss. Objects like the Airmen’s uniform used in this series of images cause meditation and contemplation on the physical and transcendent experience of a time and place. These universal themes related to memory, relationships, belief systems, societal constructs, and the observation of the human condition, provide the source for the exploration of a fundamental quality of the photograph.
This body of work mediates the experience of time and space. Like a gravestone these photographs with a sense of romanticism, present nostalgia as an empirical testimonial to time. Methodically constructed scenes, each frame’s undeniable serendipity challenges the observer to question what constitutes present and past. The quiet and timeless qualities of the images make the familiar and the everyday space foreign, like a landscape begging to be explored. The camera suspends time so that belief can also be suspended. Creating an environment with lighting, atmosphere, and objects, settings, these images render the subject immobile for the viewer to examine, like a fastened down laboratory specimen. These photographs have obscured locations, however they lure the viewer to a familiar but foreign place. The images are assembled to offer a glance into daydreams and recollections employing seemingly distant narratives. This collection of photographs reflects the passage of time and an unmistakable association with what is left behind.