The photographs in this series are a study, a journal, an archive and a response to the space I’ve occupied for the past year.* I have been working in photography labs for a couple decades now. They are strange spaces where an odd array of items coalesce in hopes to maintain a complex medium with an endless array of permutations. Each photographic lab speaks to its own personal history alongside a larger history of process and material. I have spent a good deal of time this year digging through cabinets, finding other people’s notes and books, their stockpiled supplies and the traces of their art making processes. It feels like a necessary invasion of privacy; to make sense out of someone else’s way of working and to create a space of functionality for those just passing through. This process is a familiar one as many of the labs I’ve occupied prior to this served as secondary homes to the artists working within them. It is an aspect of my work as an educator and artist that I have come to truly appreciate as I have moved from place to place; I can always find a recognizable thread in the pile of photographic odds and ends. These images are my attempt to reconcile several histories into one.
*I relocated in 2016 to run a photography program.