For my series Transient, I decided to slow down and take a closer look at the people and objects in my life that matter most to me. I reexamined time and the camera’s ability to describe small intimate moments between camera, subject, and photographer. I chose the 4x5 view camera above all others because of its ability to capture more than what I can see with my own eyes. The view camera draws my attention to small details and moments I can’t see without the focus of the lens and the cropped view of the ground glass. Overall, creating a disconnect between what I see and the image that is captured, the view camera enables me to capture what I miss with the naked eye.
For me, this series is a personal journey. I began by searching for something unknown, a mystery surrounding the passage of time in my own life I was hoping the camera could help me understand. I examined time and the tension involved in holding on and letting go. Specifically looking at the tension involved in wanting to hold on to the people and objects in my life that matter most to me but inevitably having to let go of them. I also wanted to further examine the feelings and memories attached to these people and objects and how they evolve over time, contemplating how both sometimes change in meaning and in value. To continue my examination of time, I wanted to pay careful attention to the fleeting moments lost by the naked eye but caught by the camera. Overall, creating images that enable me to not only explore what I would normally miss but also evaluate my own perspective. To achieve this I use the view camera as a way of seeing, which allows me to create images that express what I am blind to but in some ways how I want to remember the subject. This allows me to step back and evaluate how time has affected my life. And within the images preserve that moment or memory which in turn helps me let go of them.