Untitled from "You cannot have this place"
Archival pigment print
11.5 x 30 inches
“You cannot have this place” is an ongoing series comprised of photographs created using multiple exposures on a continuous piece of 120 Kodak Ektar 100 film, exposed to light multiple times with only partial advancing of the film between exposures. Though the sequence of images is planned, the way the images present themselves and overlap is unknowable, and the process of moving the negative between exposures is largely intuitive.
The result is a series of panoramas, each a record of a place as I try to manage my and my father’s mutual anxiety about the future loss of a homestead. The images in this photograph from “You cannot have this place” bleed into one another, float along, sometimes visible, often obscured, varying close up with wide angle. The effect is the gist of a memory, or vague, flashbulb impressions of what has been seen and what has been felt, decade after decade. Every once in a while we’d have a big peach year, wouldn’t we, but the gravel hurt bare feet every season for one hundred years."