Exhibition Catalog. The art of darkroom photography and live conversation in a digital social-networking culture.
Black and white, portrait-based silver gelatin photographs serve as documents of time spent with individuals in the artist’s life. Appointments with persons photographed were made through contemporary tools of technology, such as cell phone texts and Facebook, to make time to slow down for in-person conversation. The body of work addresses the time it takes to nurture relationships, mirroring the time involved in film and darkroom photography methods of art making. This slower process of film and darkroom photography counters the immediacy of a digital social-networking culture. Intuitive images reflect the experience of the relationship in the moment during the appointment. Live conversation was recorded and abstracted as titles for the images. Friend Me reminds viewers that communication tools of technology do not replace real time spent with people in one’s life.