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My project Stories originated as a way to merge my interest in writing with photography. The work is influenced by the formal qualities of short fiction and its tendency to focus on a single mood or event. Like a photograph, the short story is an exercise in brevity; they both exist as concise pieces that are at once resolved and unresolved. My images are meant to be vignettes, presented as isolated fictional experiences. They are also filled with contradictions and ambiguities: the domestic settings can be seen as both comforting and confining; the scenarios presented have elements that are realistic and surreal; the nameless, faceless character presented in the images is both the subject and the photographer; the work is continually shaped by the convergence of the Decisive Moment and staged photography. My hope is that the viewer becomes an active reader of the narratives presented as I continue to question the ability of storytelling within a fixed frame.
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