It is easy to observe and judge objects, situations, and concepts that are familiar to us as correct or normal. What happens when one is confronted with the other is something that heavily depends on the individual’s perception, previous experience, and sub sequential analysis. Though it is possible to overcome one’s personal prejudices in order to accurately and fairly appreciate what is unfamiliar, it is impossible to completely eradicate feelings of uncertainty or wariness when initially examining that which is not clearly understood.
The images I capture reflect the correlation between the unknown and the uncanny. Through the objects and situations displayed in these photographs, I intend to capture the cautious wonder with which we regard the unreachable unfamiliar, and how the act of exhibiting strange objects adds a barrier of separation that impedes us from accurately understanding and accepting what we see. Although we may experience various degrees of curiosity and appreciation for the endless foreign entities we confront, our inherent nature and cultured experiences force us to approach obscure matters with weariness. My inclusion of images that evoke, either separately or simultaneously, both the sublime and the disturbing allude to the distinct interpretations we concoct when we observe unfamiliar subjects and objects. By utilizing domestic spaces and figurines, I hope to articulate the importance of perspective, how one’s point of view changes the meaning of what is seen. The details within these images encourage an honest and in-depth examination of the extent to which we allow our prejudices and familiarities to influence how we judge what we don’t understand. Much like the complex world around us, within these photographs there is always more than meets the eye.