LIFE WITHIN THE HAZE
Often haze is thought of as an atmospheric phenomenon that obscures the sky, however psychologically a haze can be referred to as a state of mental obscurity or confusion. Within my time in Lacoste, France I felt I was going through a state in which I was not completely present.
Reality felt far away as I was not constantly consumed with my customary routines. Instead, I found myself in this small village wondering how I got here and what to do now that I was here. I felt in order to create a body of work that expressed my personal experience in France it had to delve into unreal content.
Inspired to create this unreal work, I began covering my lens with different flowing fabrics. I am capturing the natural environment of Lacoste through the textures of the fabric. Some of the fabrics have been easier to see through making the scene behind still easily recognizable, whereas some fabrics have a more solidified texture making the scene more abstract.
As I worked I grew interested in the way different colors affected the image. Also, depending on where the sun was and the type of fabric I was able to create the illusion that the plants and trees were adorned in glitter or diamonds. This project continued to be disconnected from reality, however, my concern for aesthetic pleasure when viewing the work grew. My focus became centered on creating beautiful ambiguous images.