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  • Auto Obscura

    In Auto Obscura, I turned my car into a camera obscura as a way to map out my new world in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Relocating from Indianapolis, Indiana, in 2004 to attend graduate school was a huge shift both environmentally and socially. I left hometown roots and friends and family behind to enter largely unknown territory. The car-camera helped ground me in my new surroundings as I spent hours making images in different locations all over Albuquerque. At the same time, these images addressed a sense of disorientation and dislocation, a longing for something missed. The more I worked with this camera obscura, the more I felt the strangeness of experiencing the world through the filter of the car windows. While the windows give the sensation of letting the world inside the car, they in fact act as the translucent walls of a movable, isolated theater. The interior of the car becomes a site for introspection, memory, and feeling. Incredible dramas, both mental and physical, occur in this tiny, movable stage.