For my undergraduate art thesis, I created a photo series that explored natural landscapes through a tilt-shift lens. The surreal distortions caused by the lens generate a sense of unease, I explained at the time, a kind of psychological tenuousness. These are liminal spaces at the border of an unknown realm, which we can access through a simple shift in focus.
About a decade has passed since I started this photo series, and as I continue to add to it, it occurs to me that what I initially thought was a conceptual project perhaps is actually my own being expressing itself. I constantly find myself in these blurry in-between spaces – fluctuating between feeling grounded and unmoored, present and absent, confident and afraid, extroverted and introverted, quiet and loud, adventurous and tame. Photography too is this way: an ever-present record of moments past, photography is neither then nor now.