The Ratio of what is Remembered to What is Reproduced

PhotographerMichelle Rogers Pritzl
PrizeHonorable Mention
CompanyUniversity High School
City/CountryTustin, United States
Photo Date12/2012
Technical Infokallitype on paper
Entry Description

I am interested in anamnesis- the act of remembrance, and the tension between personal history and present life. Traumatic events mark us, change us, stay with us. Though time moves us towards recovery, there often remains a compulsion to repeat and act out that which was most painful. I create self-portraits using physical metaphors that speak of ties to time, to the past. These tableaus, symbolic of the affect of trauma on the psyche, contain a character that moves through a dark space and ambiguous environment. The tasks, bindings and contortions affecting the character reflect the interior, unseen workings of the self. My photographic process allows me to leave the trace of my own hand in the image, and through it, my own experiences. Using composites, Photoshop and transparencies I break down boundaries between antique and contemporary photographic process. Expanding on the theme of time, my image-making workflow mirrors the connection of the past to the present within the photographic medium.