The Days That End in Why

The Days that End in Why came from photographing to photograph. It was a survival tactic that anchored me to the present moment while everything felt like it was happening to someone else. I photographed because I didn’t know what to make pictures of but I knew I needed to make pictures. See need, not want. I kept photographing and posting drafted edits online, almost as a meditation. 

As I struggled with these images’ relevance and significance, a pattern appeared within the ebb and flow of their subject matter. Wounds and decay reflect the transience of time while landscapes and portraits often reflect on its glacier-like movement. While these images rely on photography’s ability to record visual information with extreme accuracy, they also utilize its ability to question time and its symbolic role in photography.

What I thought was a simple routine of making and posting images became my own meditation on the uncomfortable unknown. I photograph with the intent to discern and sustain clarity within myself. I wish to invite others to explore their internal, intimate spaces and question how unique experiences reflect the perception of time and it’s passing.

A Study of the Body's Interaction and Environment

In The Faraway Nearby, Rebecca Solnit says, “To become a maker is to make the world for others, not only the material world but the world of ideas that rules over the material world, the dreams we dream and inhabit together.”

This process of becoming a maker is being an artist and for me, being a photographer. These dreams that we inhabit are a bit different for each person. These differences can be how we interpret and react to our surroundings. These reactions we can call body language and the surroundings we can call the environment. The dreams Solnit speaks of can be ideals and goals and the reality that we are striving for, or in other words, our everyday life. These are they things that I wanted to capture. The body language and the interaction with the environment. This is my project.

A Study of the Body’s Interaction and Environment, I wanted to examine the small nuances of everyday body language. As I was photographing, I kept picking up on little details. Chipped toe nail polish, rings, and the patterns of the backgrounds all contributed to what I was trying to capture. As I started focusing on that, I found that photographing tighter in on hands and feet was where my project was. People don’t necessarily notice what they are doing with their hands and feet because they’re such a given in everyday life. We use them every day and don’t give a second thought to different tics we have and how they change with our environment. That is what I photographed.