The images in this series started out - as many things do in life - as an unplanned event. I had a 35mm Canon film camera I used for a class, and took it out one day and shot off a roll, then got it developed. The resulting, uncut negative clued me in to the fact that I had apparently rolled back to the first frame after I had already shot off the entire roll, and then shot over it a second time: as a sometimes forgetful person, this fact wasn't really a surprise to me. The resulting photos - strange, double exposed images that featured small portions of different scenes I had shot at different times and locations - immediately struck me as both creepy and beautiful. Creepy, because of what I could see emerging from the underexposed areas of the film - ideas, feelings, and experiences that were deeply personal to me - and beautiful, because of the way the shapes, colors, and textures all blended together to create a visually-stimulating and cohesive composition.
Not every double exposed frame was a keeper, but it became apparent it was worth repeating the process on purpose to see what else would serendipitously form in the ether. I only shot places or scenes that had personal meaning and appeal to me, and when I look at the resulting images, I see the equivalent of visual, narrative, poems: they are collages of ideas, thoughts, places, and activities I love, feelings I'm trying to process, and things that may have been swirling in my subconsciousness, but somehow managed to become obvious once I saw how it manifested on film.
Stylistically, the photos in this series come from my love of nature, people, graphic & textile design, architecture, music, and graffiti art. Some of my influences include Marimekko design; Spanish architect and designer Antoni Gaudi; filmmakers Pedro Almodovar, Andrei Sarkovsky, and Douglas Sirk (and their amazing cinematographers and art directors); electronic music, and the many writers and public figures who's writing and words have deeply influenced me - from Henry David Thoreau to Malcolm X.