I chose to start my new project Representation of Hidden Communication in part because it is completely different from my past photographic work. If anyone follows my photography they'll likely see iPhone images more than any other sort of photographic medium. My strategy was a sort of a posteriori photography, that is, I would simply walk around the city of Cambridge or Boston for hours on end shooting whatever caught my eye. Over time some themes would pop up and series might be created. I essentially collected data and deduced themes based on observations brought about by said data. However, this processes is incredibly time consuming. Things have changed. Two years ago my son was born and I quickly realized that I needed to plan what I was going to shoot, figure out my time constraints, and somehow get around the inherent financial limitations that come with a new baby. I went from a posteriori to a priori photography, that is, I had to create a theoretical framework to deduce what I may be able to capture for a project that required a plan. Essentially, my photography had switched from observation (looking backward) to theoretical (looking forward) and I feel this to be analogous to the positive and negative created with large format instant photography. A priori and a posterior are ways in which scientists can conduct research, that is being observational or using theory to make predictions, that is, hypotheses. Both methods are sound, though researchers often disagree, and both necessarily interact with one another. In this way, as you peel apart the observational from the theoretical you see they are two different ways to view nature and show that the concept of past and future are always in the present.
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.