Pig Seen Flying Through Snowstorm In Hell / by Brandon

My photographs are all in one place, more or less. I'll be posting assorted galleries in coming days, in lieu of having to punch out more words.

Up first: a collection I hadn't even planned to put up, comprised of images shot, scanned, tweaked and tugged from 1999 to roughly 2002. I'm not sure what they mean now; I'm not sure what they meant then. I'm familiar with them, but at a distance, like someone you used to know well but rarely see now. Whether this has a psychological dimension -- who knows. Each brings back a memory, some brighter than others, particularly those taken during the early, wonderful days of a very special relationship. But on the whole they seem a bit dark, and those years had a dark tinge. The last few years have been far better; the resulting images are lighter.

From a technical perspective, it's interesting to see how media limitations peculiar to the time shaped the images. Digital cameras weren't consumer-ready, so I made high-resolution scans of photograph prints and other paper pictures that happened to pass by. The resulting images were detailed but soft, and often required heavy color correction -- a technique that also tends to normalize itself. To hide this, and because it was one of the easier Photoshop tweaks and didn't yet seem passe, I often framed the images on top of each other, then played with the translucency filters.

If it worked or not, I don't know. I'd like to think that to someone other than myself they might convey an echo of a moment. I don't think I could make them again; technology has changed, with new limitations and habits producing a new taste, but more than that I've changed, and don't see the world with those eyes. A few of the old images are beautiful, but I don't think that's a bad thing.