Artist Statement

  • We are two California photographers and educators with more than forty years of collective experience working in the arts and education. We are especially interested in using multiple imagery to visually describe and characterize landscape, community, and public space. For the past several years, we have been collaborating on a photo-based approach that we believe offers an exciting and inventive interpretation of the photographic document with a particular interest in commissioned art. We love the challenge of crafting work and problem solving for such projects, especially those that allow us to involve the community in our art-making, reach audiences outside conventional art venues, and realize our imagery in alternative, long-term durable materials, such as; tile, glass, mosaic, banners, billboards, etc.
  • Our creative process involves a repetitive shooting and exchange of 35mm film to create a series of layered photographic exposures that depicts a multidimensional perspective of time and place. We aim to push the limitations of a singular vision towards a more fluid and complex perspective of time and place. We each begin with a single roll of film and walk around a defined place photographing various scenes and landmarks throughout that area. That film is then rewound, exchanged, and we duplicate this process right over the top of what the other artist has just photographed, with this exchange repeated multiple times, eventually creating a surprising and complexly layered document of that place. We then scan the film and rework these scenes to accentuate selected formal and contextual components. We may also incorporate portraits of people drawn from the community and/or historical archives to further enhance civic pride and ownership and connect the work to an area's legacy and traditions.
  • This unique synthesis between digital and analog technologies relies on the distinctive characteristics and possibilities of each, yet also unities them into an aesthetically imaginative and innovative form. Opposing the singularity and clarity of conventional direct photographic representation, and embracing the serendipitous wonder of this atypical process, the resulting photographs are visually rich compositions that describe a creative interchange composed of fragments of information, time, and space. This methodology allows us to come to communities and places to uniquely celebrate the diversity, distinctive landscape, character, and/or history of that area from multiple viewpoints while promoting reflection, conversation, and a sense of visual vitality for the viewing audience. Our work is fundamentally about discovery; what we come upon during our photographic wanderings, what we learn about the idiosyncrasies defining particular communities, and most importantly, how our audiences can share in our discovery and return to our work over and over to locate the familiar and enjoy finding new details.