|Gaia-55, 2011 douglasprince.com|
” I have been a photographer all my life….and have made photographs of many things and for many reasons. But one thing that becomes more and more apparent is that I am simply only as good as my next photograph. That’s the one that counts the most….For this reason I find it a delight to face a new day, and to develop that new roll of film. It’s a great way to live.”
|It’s more important to concentrate on what you want to say to yourself and your friends. Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness. Take [William Carlos] Williams: until he was 50 or 60, he was a local nut from Paterson, New Jersey, as far as the literary world was concerned. He went half a century without real recognition except among his friends and peers. |
“You say what you want to say when you don’t care who’s listening. If you’re grasping to get your own voice, you’re making a strained attempt to talk, so it’s a matter of just listening to yourself as you sound when you’re talking about something that’s intensely important to you.”
|Lisette de Boisblanc|
As a New Orleans native, I felt the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina personally; my family was profoundly affected by the storm. We suffered not only the loss of physical possessions but endured psychological damage as well. Four years after the storm I found my grandmother’s ruined doll collection. The dolls had been submerged in water for two weeks. I began to X-ray them both as objects to document and preserve. I was curious to see how the damage looked on the inside. I was surprised by what I found within— nails, pins, hooks, springs holding them together, lost objects, safety pins, and pieces of jewelry.The dolls have an aura that is almost human, with internal workings that chronicle a life lived, a spirit. Sometimes they have strength; others, broken hearts. Making the photographs helped me move beyond my grief. The X-rays aren’t documents of decay and loss but stories about what can be recovered and saved, what can be found, seen, and kept. It is my hope that viewing these images created from X-rays will provoke the viewer to explore the depth of their relationships and experiences within themselves and the world around them.