Conceptual Photography

 

The Possibility of a Human

What does it mean to be human?

The Possibility of a Human explores the idea of what it means to be human, by examining the idea that a human can exist in many forms. The book first questions if relationships are intrinsically physical, or if they can exist purely in a mental form? Through this transformation of relationships, there is no longer a need to be physically present to maintain one’s relationships or to be considered human. Humans are never one conceived truth, but can exist in many forms as they are constantly changing and altered by perceptions and physical and mental states. Humans are a possibility that are never fully known, but something constantly created and transformed through stories, memories, actions, words, thoughts, feelings, etc.

What does it mean to be human for you? What is your possibility?

 
 

Reconciliation

The piece illustrates the attempts to escape the many forms of constraints, ranging from the mind, body, spirit, and environment, through the use of the human form within architecture and nature. The work also acts as a means of reconciliation with the constraints we have as humans. The photos may serve as a reminder that we are not always capable of escaping the constraints of our environment or society. We can only live the way we are capable of, given the constraint of being human. Because we are human we need to accept that we can’t desire to go beyond our physical state.

 
 

Project Suffering

Project Suffering was inspired by the book "Man’s Search for Meaning" by Viktor E. Frankl in relation to his exploration of suffering as an experience that has the capacity to apply meaning to one’s life. I became interested in the notion that although the experience of suffering occurs on varying scales and in varying forms, it continues to remain an experience that is shared universally.
Through this project I wished to learn of the varying forms and degrees of suffering held by those within the Davis community. To learn of these experiences, I created an online form for individuals to anonymously submit their letters of suffering, as well as created an interactive piece within my Retrospective Exhibition in May 2017, where visitors could leave anonymous notes of suffering. I then began to create a series of photographs as a form of my own response towards the letters, and incorporated several of the letters of suffering within the piece in the form of blue cyanotypes.

 
 

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