The Light Within
Including images of the Dr. Robert W. Lisle Collection of
Antique Portraits and Photographic Equipment
at the Savannah College of Art and Design
This body of photographic work is comprised of images of damaged antique photographic portraits and photographic equipment from both the Dr. Robert W. Lisle Collection at the Savannah College of Art and Design and my own, personal collection. For the most part, I have chosen to photograph macro-close-ups; not only to enhance the details, but to create a sense of intimate viewing.
These images carry on their own conversations. They speak of history and damage. They speak of what it is to be damaged but to continue to exist or be useful regardless of time and its effects. At the same time, they speak of what was, what is, and what will be; past and future are connected by the present.
The re-photographs of antique photographs speak primarily of the original sitter, while the images of photographic equipment remind us of the photographers who utilized these objects as tools of their trade. Some images connote death and decay while others connote life and new beginnings. Taken as a whole, this body of work variously references everything in-between atoms and the universe and the poetic circular/cyclical nature of time.
This work balances on the axis between representation and abstraction. I seek to create a connection between myself, the viewer, and the world around us by connecting us to our history, to one another, to the past, and to our future.