• SUNKEN HEAD GRAND RAPIDS
  • Korean War Memorial, Washington, DC
  •  Forgotten Fields, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Debra and the Giant Camera, Chicago, IL
  •  Central Camera, Chicago, IL
  • At the Plaka, Athens, Greece
  • Soul Wigs/Sisters of the South, Savannah, GA
  • The Lorraine Hotel, Memphis, TN
  •  Another Break in the Wall, Cleveland, OH
  • Smallest Church in America, Eulonia, GA
  •  Universal Trading Company, Savannah, GA
  • The Rialto, Fort Wayne, IN
  • STARDUST DIPTYCH_LAS VEGAS
  • At the Luau, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Little Italy, Cleveland, OH
  • Line Dry, Rome, Italy
  • PRETTY GIRL CLEANERS, LAS VEGAS
  • Mermaids
  • THE AFTERNOON OF GOOD AND EVIL
  • PRIMARY SIGNS_LAS VEGAS

Travels in Plastic

trav·el·ogue

a lecture on travels, usually accompanied by the showing of pictures about a foreign or out-of-the-way place, especially one that emphasizes the place's unusual or glamorous aspects

About eight years ago, feeling a basic need to be making analog photographs more often in my daily life, amidst heavy academic obligations, I began carrying a Holga camera at all times. The ‘toy camera’ affords me a low maintenance way to have the ever-present option to make photographs at my fingertips. Only a few years ago I realized that by carrying these cameras with me, I was oddly creating a travelogue of locales: far, exotic, ordinary and some in my own backyard.

One of the things that strikes me about travel images is that they typically portray a sense of perfection. Anyone who has ever traveled knows that trips, great or small are far from perfect, memorable yes, unforgettable generally, but never perfect. In working with a plastic camera, intentional or not, imperfection reigns supreme.

I began thinking about the record I was creating. In looking at my negatives, I would photograph the ‘big ticket’ expected travel images. More often than not, however, they rarely appeal to me in print form. This came as no great surprise; I have always attached a greater meaning to banalities. The result is not only a kind of travelogue, but also a personal meditation on the power of minutiae.