Magic Mountain is an investigation into the small town I lived in as a child, located in the coastal redwoods of Sonoma County. The territorial nature is thick in the air, and although I believed myself to be local, I clearly stood out as a stranger. I photographed at sunrise to avoid the real locals, and hid behind the landscape. The project quickly became a study deep into my family’s history, as well as the town. The images, as well as family archives, respond to my childhood narrative mixed with my parents divorce; my family’s relationship to a place.
i know you, now
The images shown here were made during my time at San Francisco Art Institute spanning all of 2016. The images were taken with a 16 X 20 camera I built in the wood shop on campus. I used darkroom paper for negatives and contact printed to the same paper. At the time I was obsessed with exploring collaboration - the desire to address my role in the process of image making. The lens used did not have a shutter. The images were made in total darkness with strobes, most of which were controlled by the sitter; I prepared the camera, arranged the sitter for focus, and allowed them to fire when they were ready.