Excerpt from "Lay Theologies"
"Lay Theologies" is an inversion of photography's standard road-trip narrative, focused on the fleeting meaning found in places, and the impossibility of coming home again. The work began in 2018 with the birth of my first son and a subsequent month-long road trip with he and my wife by my side. The work has continued across several more road trips, and visits to my hometown in New Jersey. Begun as notes to my son about the places that had meaning to me, the work explores the connection between identity and place, freedom and responsibility, meaning and familiarity.
“Lay Theologies” presents the world as I have been made to see it: rich with the interstitial details that make it open to -- and potentially devoid of -- meaning.
The work is made with a series of slowly-wearing-out Mamiya RZ67 medium format cameras on color negative film.