Nostalgia (2010)

Gelatin silver prints
8 inches x 8 inches

“When the real is no longer what it used to be, nostalgia assumes its full meaning.” 
— Jean Baudrillard

Apparently, by means of a postmodern system of thought, the key components of contemporary culture are irony and nostalgia. When Michel Foucault said, “It’s a good thing to have nostalgia towards some periods on the condition that it’s the way to have a thoughtful and positive relation to our own present,” he pointed out that our memories, in the form of nostalgia, can experience meaningfulness beyond logic as well as provide meaningfulness to our experience. Nostalgia as a profound understanding of being. Then it stands to mention that nostalgia, as a negative relation to our present, can be riddled with regret and an unfulfilling sense of lack. Nostalgia as an acute sense of irony. 

Employing the implied authenticity provided by analogue black and white photography while borrowing from the visual vocabulary of distinct photo-documentarians, Nostalgia is grounded in the personal reflection of self-awareness, an emotional pursuit of the past, and an evocative examination of my place in a contemporary Americascape.