When the world is slowly recorded in paper-thin slices, movement leaves traces, motion becomes sharply drawn instead of blurred, and, as a subject struggles for stillness or to seize control, intent becomes visible. This work is about fluid interplay, not capturing a decisive moment.
These photographs are “drawn”—line by line—with an apparatus built from 1900s Deardorff 14” x 14” ultra-large-format camera, salvaged copy lens, and an optically modified Canon LiDE flatbed scanner—essentially a massive slit-scan camera that is a hybrid of vintage analog and cutting edge digital technology.
These portraits of artists emerged from a dynamic interplay of subject, photographer, and process. As each image was slowly built across my screen, I could influence the subject’s movement during the capture. And, as I shared each completed image, the person on the other side of the lens began to understand how their movements shaped the final image. No one was completely in control. Every image was an act of discovery. My intent is to continue this work, in person and virtually throughout 2021 and 2022.
These images are made—line by line—by merging ultra-large-format cameras from the early 1900s (or small garbage cans) with vintage copy camera lenses and highly modified flatbed scanners.