We are all looking for comfort and familiarity in our lives, feelings which are embodied in the concept of “home.” However, the definition of home is different for each person. It is your childhood, it is your parents house, it is where you feel most accepted, or it is where you are. Whatever it may be, home is something to which everyone can relate and something everyone desires.
These images act as passageways to memories and stories. Some are real, but many are fabricated by me or belong to someone else. They are small pieces of larger ideas and they can be a spark that makes the viewer recall something they had not thought of for years. It could be the way clothespins hang on the line or how the light makes a room feel at a certain time of day that sends a person searching through their history for a feeling that was almost forgotten.
The quality of light is an important element in my work, which is enhanced by this particular process. Platinum and palladium prints stand apart from other processes because of their warmth and rich tonal range. It has a luscious quality unlike any other photographic process. When printing with these precious metals and hand applying them to the surface of the paper, a transformation happens. Through it, a photograph becomes a memory, a thought, a feeling.
This body of work was printed in palladium on Arches Platine paper. The process dates back to 1830, just four years after the first photograph was taken. The peak of its popularity was in the early twentieth century among photographers like Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Irving Penn, and Manuel Alvarez Bravo. Since the early 1980s the process has been revisited and is gaining popularity again.