All photographs are memories. Many images have an intimate relationship with their creators and some images are products of work. An image that is very dear to me may be mundane to you, because I have my own emotional connection to the depiction. My goal is to create images that stimulate what I call motivated recollection in viewers which evokes reminiscent feelings.
I draw on concepts from the art of painting to construct my final images. Beginning with an idealized photograph of contemporary scenes captured with the widest possible luminance range, I isolate portions for treatment for hyper-realism by accentuating textures. I highlight an emotional anchor with lighting masks; this is the image element I use to make a connection to the viewers recollection. Other portions of the image are de-emphasized and overlays of color and texture are applied, finishing the image.
Final images contain clues to the viewer that we're looking at another time and to match their own memories with what they see. When successful, a personal connection to my work is created. Recollection fills-in the details which only memory can vividly provide.
This is not a portrayal of a moment in time with respect to light and color; it's begins there but retreats into texture and then into an idealized chronicle style (motivated recollection).