Polaroid

In anthropology, liminality (from the Latin word līmen, meaning “a threshold”) is the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in the middle stage of rituals, when participants no longer hold their pre-ritual status but have not yet begun the transition to the status they will hold when the ritual is complete. During a ritual’s liminal stage, participants “stand at the threshold” between their previous way of structuring their identity, time, or community, and a new way, which the ritual establishes.
— https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liminality

This series of polaroid photographs represent the beginning stages of a body of work, created in a genre that I am naming 'liminal photography.' The word liminal can be defined as 'occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.' This ongoing series, created using a sequence of digital and analog processes, at once obscures and reveal the ‘hand-of-the-artist’ and addresses not only the reproduction and editioning of digital photographs but the individuality of the art object itself.  Each image breaks the subject matter just enough to walk the tightrope of being a recognizable space or subject while still making the artifacting impossible to ignore. This in turn forces the viewer’s awareness of each image simultaneously as both a window and a flat plane, both analog and digital, and both honed technique and random chance.

August 2016