These photographs are made with an alternative digital method that is done without filters, digital adjustments, or colored lighting. All effects are done in-camera. This process frequently causes the pictorial space to decompose. Abstracted traces of objects — such as plants and leaves that I collect from the forest in Virginia where I live — undermine the camera’s usual framework of clear focus, color, and perspective. I am interested in how this allows for the suspension of logic, which results in a tension between revealing and concealing. The ephemeral objects also call attention to the camera’s electronic process and raise questions about perception, impermanence, and the role of the photograph as documentation. I have titled the images in this series with lines from poems I have written about living in the forest.
Photographs by artist Julia Paul