Sheet Family

This work explores the use of anonymity in snapshot photography and how it highlights the context around a fictional family. I take away the main physical aspects of my subjects to examine the forms and trends through different eras of snapshots. The images depict scenes or actions inspired by American family albums. I intend viewers to project their own histories and relationships onto the white sheet, leaving them to inform themselves about the family based on their action and environment.

I use color as well as black and white film, with cameras ranging from a professional medium format camera to an amateur point and shoot. Using a rudimentary camera, I allow formal and technical mistakes to reinforce the forms and trends associated with the snapshot aesthetic. The images are minimally corrected and printed in small scale to replicate a ‘drugstore’ print. Other images are edited and formed properly to show the change of representation of the portrait.

Harvey and Robin Sheet, 1948
regular 8mm film
Mom and Dad
silver gelatin print
7 x 5 in
4th of July
Inkjet print
6 x 4 in
Untitled
silver gelatin print
11 x 14 in
Robin
silver gelatin print
7 x 5 in
Harvey and Robin Sheet
silver gelatin print
11 x 14 in