Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Flanuer @ The Arava Review


"Cyan, Aqua, and Tree"
Archival Inkjet Print, 2010
11.33" x 17"

Hi everyone — I just wanted to share with you that the online journal The Arava Review has a number of photographs from my Flâneur project featured on their current issue (along with some great poetry) that just went live tonight! 

"Former Stairs"
Archival Inkjet Print, 2010
17" x 11.33"

At it's core, Flâneur is about a home that is no longer home — A walking home. About the way that personal history gets intertwined into the stucco-walled apartment labyrinths and the bleached stunted trees and forgotten lawns from accidental urban planning. Flâneur is about the ways that wandering and photographing even the most familiar paths places can cause them to become estranged. The more I look at the places outside of me with the camera the more I inevitably find myself expressing a world inside that is filled with gaps, screens, ruins, artifacts, outdated color pallets, shadows, tourism and advertisement-lingo.

"View To The Ocean"
Archival Inkjet Print, 2010
17" x 11.33"

So too Flâneur is an attempt to learn to leverage a stubborn perseverance to see the way that places and memories can switch places with each other back and forth. By attempting to use a camera and years of walking the same sidewalks to learn to see the strange poetics of the obvious and latent histories that bubble in the surfaces on every trip to the grocery store and every stroll to the coffee shop — About the feel of a miniature sun-drenched plot of the California dream that is being renovated and gentrified before my eyes. Flâneur is a project of learning to see the story that our wandering feet tell of the places we unknowingly haunt.   


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