ANTIQUE PHOTO COLLAGE

This body of collage work emerged from my passion of exploring the world and collecting old, discarded, often damaged objects, ephemera and antique photographs. I occupy myself on road trips making traditional photographs, both digital and film based while stopping along the way to explore antique malls, flea markets and garage sales.

This antique photo based collage is a continuation of my exploration of collage....physical collage, NOT digital collage. When I hold the pictures in my hands, I know that my gaze is the same as the photographer 100 years ago. I can only speculate, but I am sure I am holding a photograph that the subject held and studied.

I can see the hand of the photographer when an image has been retouched, showing a presence that exists even in absence. This is a reoccurring theme in much of my work. Sometimes a fingerprint is embedded in an old negative. The passage of time is noted by fashion and degradation of print surfaces. The patina of age and handling adds another unique subtle element to the work. This work is the antithesis of the perfection digital photography has offered us.

These repurposed photographic images will now live on in collections of art insuring their future in spite of the fact that families have discarded the images of their own ancestors. I credit the photographer when known as well as identify the subjects if a name has been noted on the print.