THE MOURNING OF MEMORY
When I made this work, I had been photographing the landscape as I travel between my home and work. These images act as the background for the found 19th-Century portraits seen in this series. The images are similar in location but the time of day and season are different, making one subtly aware of the passage of time where each insignificant day adds up to a year and eventually a lifetime. The portraits were found in local thrift shops, probably originated from the same general areas I photographed.
This project was made into two bodies of work; small digital prints and contemporary one-of-a-kind ambrotypes, collodian wet plate images on glass. The found vintage prints were likely created from a similar technology used in the ambrotype, emulsion on glass, process. Printing these constructed images as one-of-a-kind ambrotypes represents a coming home of the discarded photograph to a place where it once existed. While the inkjet prints, serve as a kind of alternate recollection.