Seeing & Seen (short version)

 

 

This still series grew directly from my moving image camera work of the past decade in which observational portraits encompass both duration and stillness. Image of Images seeks to explore that idea in the still image, building an encounter with a human presence that conveys a sense of an extended moment.

Erasures and insertions both focus and obscure these images, altering them long after the taking, and tapping into the realm of editing and elision that has been a part of photography since its infancy.

In these photographs, I sought to wrestle with some of the paradoxes that characterized Cuba at the beginning of the 21st century. The images delve simultaneously into the private and public realms, speaking to the delicacy of a moment that straddled the troubled past and the alternately optimistic and ominous future.