This series grew out of a desire to work with my photography in a way that’s more artistic, applying process and concept to a collection of otherwise “flat” photographs. I came across a British artist, Idris Khan, who specializes in creating “scans”, collections of samples with a common theme stacked on top of one another to create a composite image; every page of the Qu’ran, a collection of Bern and Hilla Becher photographs of a specific type of building, every line of a Shakespeare play, etc. In this case, my selection of photographs was taken at the Davidson College Dance Ensemble Spring Showcase this year. I started playing around with a program called Processing 3, which allowed me to layer each photo over the next to create a composite of whatever selection of photos I wanted at a pre-defined ratio, resolution, and opacity. Doing this manually in Photoshop would have taken ages of importing, pasting, and resizing, and most likely destroyed anything short of a server farm. The result was taken and edited in Lightroom as I would any other photograph.
These works provide a more intimate look into my photography, my compositional aesthetic when shooting an event like this. Each piece acts as a sort of heat map for how I placed the subjects of each shot but more importantly, the vocabulary of taking an event, a series of associated moments, and compressing them into something reminiscent of that moment yet beyond it. This process is extremely interesting to me.