The true picture of the past flits by. The past can be seized only as an image which flashes up at the instant when it can be recognized and is never seen again. -Walter Benjamin
The photograph is a natural complement to the visual nature of history. Personalized readings of space reconcile the elapse of time with voids that inhabit and populate the landscape. Memory maps progression through time, and a memorialized landscape gives way to the visual nature of change. Layers of disparate occurrence rooted in both time and place shape historical concepts.
The past resides within images of space and transition only to be aroused as momentary instances of recognition. Subjects gleaned from locations both intrinsic and obscure are often lost to more romantic notions of progress and remembrance. The artifactual nature of the landscape stands as a flicker of occurrence and a part of the record. History is not bound to a seamless chronology, but is itself a collection of disparate experiences articulated through space and time including that which inhabits the present.
The medium of photography continues to evolve from a practice of commemorative culmination to a catalyst of exchange and exploration. The reading of the visual world is rooted in memory, identity, and the spatial qualities of the photographic frame. Cognitive associations, shaped through interactions with place, employ the photograph as an instigation rather than a memorial.
M. Walker, 2018