Photographic Encounters (2016 solo exhibit)
Walls, fences, railings, bridges, stairways: at every turn, we obey or trespass the stop signs, keep an eye out for wild rivers, open seas, sunsets ablaze, clouds like flowers tumbling overhead. THIS IS NOT A BACKDROP encounters landscapes alive with alienation, intimacy, possibility. From Brighton Beach and Santa Monica to Barcelona, Dublin, and coastal communities in Basque Country and Western Ireland, the series captures anonymous faces in the midst of life happening -- background characters brought to the fore as they encounter windows, crosswalks, docks, far-off horizons.
Taken from 2008 through 2014, these images focus on faces of quiet witness to reveal architectures of confinement, fantasies of escape, and the everyday acts of voyeurism that trespass boundaries and connect bodies.