A Known World
January 19 – February 27, 2015
To the observant wandering child, the landscape is a place of fantasy and fame. With this naive view, the scale of the world is skewed down; a field, a stand of trees, or an old road can hold the magic and possibility of the American west in 19th century frontier days. As I grew up and moved away, my childhood home remained in the same place. In the transition from adolescent to adult, my views of landscape have changed; but the woods near my parents’ house still hold the same mystique and wonder that I remember from my youth.
A Known World is a photographic survey and an archive of memories of growing up in North Texas. Using a large format camera and capturing with highly stable sheet film, I have created a visual archive with physical negatives to investigate ideas of memory, identity, and place. The photographs are of landscapes in which my friends and I had specific experiences. By making photographs at the sites I remember, and those that have been written of in our online forums, I have authentically documented our imagined world and my own memories of it. Geographic information plays a role in the presentation of the project, and reveals the distance we could travel from home as children in a simple, graphic way.
By revisiting and picturing the landscape as an adult, I have collected and archived our memories of this place. These photographs are documents of a personal history; a meaningful childhood remembered.