Growing up in Maynardville was difficult. Going back 25 years later to photograph brought back the feeling of being something of abnormal outsider. Suddenly I'm 13 years old again and only want to escape.
This project deals with photographic truth and distorted memories. I am also interested in the Rashomon effect and how people remember the same experience differently based on their own perspective. The project grew out of photographs taken in my hometown of Maynardville, Tennessee. After damaging my hard drive I became interested in the fragmented images that were retrieved. I began layering the photographs much like we do when we remember past events. We edit and layer our perspectives.
I was never happy in Tennessee and moved to California where I was involved in a horrific car accident. I have no memory of the accident or several weeks after. There are some things and experiences best forgotten, but this missing time has always fascinated me. Thinking about this missing time, childhood memories, and questioning the authenticity of recollection has driven the creation of this work. I am filling in the gaps with new colors, data, and information.