This work was conceived as a ballad in the style of the blues. The manipulation of images through different techniques such as the use of multiple exposures, juxtaposition, cutting out and filling in with color, all contribute to a deliberate shift away from an objective image to its mental representation. Colors are altered and images are digitally layered. Travel photographs are intermixed with blown-up details that are manipulated and transformed using different techniques such as bees-waxing, masking and oxidizing. View points and scales are modified to suit different interpretations and details are inserted that were absent at the time the picture was shot. The traditional view of photography as an objective medium is deliberately violated, in order to generate images that do not exist, other than in the realm of individual consciousness. In this work photography first presents filtered shreds of reality and then wanders into the infinitely more vast and uncertain terrain of memory.

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