These images from this series entitled, Qualia, are, within themselves, a reaction of an associative nature. Our own experiences and memories, whether they are physical or visual, are constantly forming associations within our daily lives. Each diptych is comprised of a found image and an image purely my own, signifying a reaction of one to another through memory, color, or form. Found images hold a unique character. Each provides its own qualia, or “raw feels”. It is that subconscious instinct that allows for the visual pairing to take place. With each pair, I have coupled two non-relevant moments in time to create something fluid and timeless. The process in which I paired these images was purely intuitive. Using a Polaroid DayLab, I sought out and printed the found slides that emoted the most onto instant film. With a DayLab, there is always cause for error. In each found print, some image distortion or emulsion tearing occurs. This, as represented, is the perfect visual notion of memory: partially constructed, yet room for influence. I began shooting on instant film with the intention of completing these memories. Together, the pair provide an altered, yet, realistic view of memory. Through the instinctual marriage of a found image to one of my own, I have created a heightened visual experience, capturing the intrinsic nature of association and personal connection.

Found Slides + Polaroid Daylab = Polaroid Land Camera 669

Instant Film, 2012

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