am fascinated by the fact that almost anything—from sunglasses
and cameras to hypodermic needles and condoms—can be found
in miniature. I'm equally intrigued by the desire to collect such
tiny replicas of objects from our own material world. As a smaller
scale surrogate of the original, the miniature seems to imply
the existence of some kind of alternative universe where we—as
larger bodies—are like gods, omnipotent and in control. For
this series I photograph my friends and family interacting with
miniature objects as if they are functioning, workable tools or
possessions. In the darkroom I enlarge the 35mm color negative
so that the previously small objects appear to approximate "normal"
or "'life-size" scale in the final photograph.
gigantic adult figures invade a claustrophobic world of Lilliputian
sunglasses, guns and keys, awkwardly attempting to make these
under-sized objects function as if they were actual working possessions.
This intersection of scales disturbs the imagined perfection of
a mini-sized fantasy world. As viewers, we must rethink our point
of view as our sense of natural order is called into question.
Humorous and absurd narratives unfold in the process of reconciling
and interpreting the relationships between large and small, adult
and child, work and play, reality and illusion. These photographs
draw attention to how we see. They ask the viewer to look beyond
the surface and confront the betrayal of appearances. By making
images that challenge our expectations, I'm exploring how photographs
can be used to manipulate our perceptual experience and, as a
result, shape our understanding of the world around us.