Hello, Wish You Were Here

PhotographerAubrey Hays
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryBrooklyn, Afghanistan
Photo Date2/2011
Technical InfoDigital C-print
Entry Description

Influenced by both the psychological and theoretical effects of environment on people, my work is a lyrical exploration into the challenges of safety and comfort by means of performance. Using the body as means of language, I connect myself physically within the landscape I inhabit. Playing on ideas of memory, trauma, family and place, I am pining myself against an uncertain threshold of endurance. Marked by a loss of comfort or a torn veneer, these acts play on wavering lines of connection and control. The portraits I created are a rendering of the happiness and sorrow we constantly fluctuate between depending on our environment.

About Photographer

I was raised in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, and a Navajo Reservation in rural Arizona, a varied array of settings that have contributed to the sensitivity reflected in the people and landscapes I photograph. I received my BFA in Photography from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland Oregon. I am currently living in NYC while I work towards my MFA in Photography at Parsons The New School for Design.