I've got quite a collection of vintage images. I've been collecting for a couple years, searching through boxes and drawers in antique stores. When you get the opportunity to look through a pile of old photos, especially when you have no personal connection to the people in them, you start to realize that the photos people take generally fall into a couple categories:
- People and their dogs
- People and their kids
- People and their homes
I'm especially interested in the last category, because if you haven't noticed, I'm obsessed with houses. I love the idea that these people are totally unknown to me, that these photos somehow wind up in my care and I want to swirl them up and send them back out into the world again in a new form. Most recently that form has been in my Tessellation series. My Tessellations have changed a lot in the past couple years, and I'm sure they will keep evolving, and my photo collecting will continue.
This weekend I was in Indianapolis and started a new resolution: each new place I visit, I will make time for some photo hunting. These photos are very much connected to the place where they were found, and I love pointing out on a sculpture where each one was found, and how they all come together to create a new story.