On the horizon a flock of starlings undulates through the skies before disappearing with the late sun. The quiet is broken only by the rustle of the wind stalking slowly through the grass, an owl stirs in the trees in the distance and begins to hoot mournfully. I stand alone in the crisp twilight looking up at the rising moon. It’s often in these transitory, quiet, introspective moments where one seems to be most honest with themselves. In this in-between space we are truly ourselves, face to face with the realities of our emotions, obsessions, spiritual longing, and serene melancholy. As I stand there, my mind wanders, and I can’t help but wonder how many other people are standing outside at that very moment also looking up...connected by these same skies and this same moon
There is usually finality in death, the invisible wisp of a last breath leaving the lungs signifies the end of existence. The departure of that last breath takes vitality and spirit with it, quivering flesh and rippling muscle is replaced with stillness and atrophy. Life is held together by breath and yet we are visual people and worship the physical as much as the metaphysical. Photography has the ability to capture a moment in time and sometimes those moments aren’t truthful. A visual record of a moment in time has the power to temporarily resurrect the dead to living, it is fleeting and inauthentic but is nonetheless a powerful reminder of the vitality and exhilarating fragility of life.
Salience is a portrait photography project that explores identity and the barriers we put between ourselves and others.
All of the original images in this series were made using the wet-plate collodion process using a large-format view camera fitted with a 100+ year old brass lens. The wet-plate collodion process was introduced in 1851 and is one of the oldest photographic processes.