Black River, 2010
C-print, Dimensions Variable
My series, Darkening, reveals nighttime worlds otherwise undetected. In this work, I build on photography's historic relationship with making the unseen visible and allude to notions of capture, evidence, and voyeurism inherent in the medium. In the creation of this series I adapt scientific and stealth imaging techniques towards poetic ends. These photographs were shot with the use of camera traps, automated devices that employ infrared sensors to detect the presence of heat or movement and then trigger the camera's shutter. While this equipment was originally developed to snare pictures of shy, rare, or nocturnal animals on film, I re-appropriate it to create enigmatic photographs in which boundaries shift, blurring the lines between human and animal, fact and fiction. Many images reveal some enigmatic tableau: glowing animal eyes piercing the blackness or a glimpse of a feral woman haunting the forest.