I photograph in a similar fashion to how I approach research. I read a lot of research articles/books to orient a project, I then use several different techniques/cameras (often in parallel) to acquire data/pictures. After several weeks/months/years I look back at what I have to see if a narrative is starting to form. I re-adjust or drop certain techniques/cameras and trouble shoot to acquire the data/images I need. I become more and more focused as a clearer view of the project emerges and once I can see a full story I’ll decrease the time I spend collecting data/images. I’ll then work on polishing what I have to make it presentable, working on fine edits, putting data/images back in or taking some out to see how it lends itself to the story. Once I feel content enough I’ll publish what I have. You can see two of my papers if you squint. The first paper on the upper left and the second to last paper in the first row. Overall, 9 years.
This blog post is part of my Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT) Grant, which I was awarded in May of 2016. As part of this project I am documenting my documentation of neuroscience research, the people that conduct said research, and the spaces where research takes place using New55 PN large format instant film.