Environmental portraits can often be powerful representations of people and the places that hold significant meaning to them. Just like the medium of 35mm film, people and times can change, making these portraits meaningful for only a short period of time.
This body of work consists of 10 triptych-like environmental portraits that document the various settings encountered in the food industry. With this project, the goal was to provide insight into the different atmospheres one could experience at each type of establishment, while subconsciously creating memories. This work explores themes of people, places, emotions, and memory-making at a time people often disregard or consider unimportant due to the frequency of their occurrences. The different eateries presented in this work are located in the Murfreesboro-Nashville Area and range from more affordable fast food joints to higher-end dining establishments.
The inspiration for this work came primarily from the work of David Hilliard. After studying his work, in no time, the details began to stand out and lead to the creation of this collection of photographs. Not wanting to replicate his work, the inspiration influenced the development of a more personalized series of photographs that focused on the normalcy of life and daily routine. The result is a collection of environmental portraits that reflect memory-making events that are often overlooked.
The inclusion of the film’s sprocket holes and information in the final images pay homage to a unique medium that has been limited by time. It also demonstrates how the work was created and represents the idea of a fleeting memory that can be replaced or even completely forgotten...
…because memories fade but film does not.