Illuminated

2013, inkjet prints.

Snapshots are understood as sincere and authentic because they look like the unaffected images of family photo albums and drugstore vacation prints, but images from digital cameras don’t look like old photographs. The light is harsh and distorted. They are clinical and descriptive. When you take a picture with your phone, the next step is to apply a filter. A photo looks better, seems truer, when made to look like a fading Polaroid.

As photography’s role shifts from archival commemoration to immediate communication, from memorial to information–where is the sentiment? Can digital images evoke nostalgia? Can data be romantic?

These photographs fumble with the changing emotional register of photography by asking: what does light look like now?