photography (far)

The Liminal Zone: Iceland as liminal space.

"The end of the sea could not be seen.  Iceland was all alone in it, with the exception of a single tall narrow iceberg, itself an island or lost column."  William T. Vollmann, The Ice-Shirt

"Poor travelers, I thought, seeing myself among them: always somewhere else."  W.G.Sebald, Vertigo


House of the Dead: In August 2001, my wife and I traveled to the former Soviet Union to adopt two children from an orphanage in Siberia.  On arriving, we found a Russian landscape marked by contradiction and impermanence, in which traces of histories realigned and juxtaposed in an unstable geography of memory and ruins.

"Beyond the gate was the bright world of freedom where people lived like everyone else.  But to those on this side of the enclosure that world seemed like some unattainable fairyland.  Here was our own world, unlike anything else; here were our own laws, our own dress, our own manners and customs, here was the house of the living dead, a life like none other upon earth, and people who were special, set apart."  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, House of the Dead


Ordinary Landscapes: a document of Pleasant Prairie Wisconsin, an incorporated village, simultaneously rural, small town and suburban--where I lived until I was 14 years old--considering the prairie and what has grown out of it. 


The Biography of Landscape: a photographic collaboration with Prof. Barb Willard, investigating the human story that has been "written" into the landscape of Chicago's Jackson Park, contemporary views of the site of the World Columbian Exhibition of 1893.


Terrain Vague: The term terrain vague refers to ambiguous, ignored, often forgotten sites; liminal spaces with imprecise limits, voids in which interactions between shifting and occupying forces create disarray, fragmentation and convergences such that vagueness occurs.


Shiqiperise: views of southern Albania.


photography (near)

Arkheion:  "The word archive  is derived from the French archives, in turn from Latin archīum or archīvum, which is the romanized form of the Greek arkheion: 'public records, town-hall, residence, or office of chief magistrates.' Arkheion originally referred to the home or dwelling of the Archon, in which important official state documents were filed and interpreted under the authority of the Archon."


Compossible: considering the inherent latency of the photographic image: as fragment of “reality” yet always already laden with ambiguity and meaning in potentia.


Divisar:   ".  .  . from the word divisar, meaning "to gaze at from a distance.  .  ."

"Suddenly the world around me fell into place.  The edges of things suddenly got sharper and brighter.  I sat for a long time holding the lens over one eye and closing the other, looking out at the wide view from our house.  It was amazing, as if an invisible hand had wiped clean a misted window that had covered the world, revealing it as something new and bright.  Despite that, I didn't like it.  I was used to looking at the world through a cloud of haze, so that the edges of things ran together and separated freely, not according to any fixed rules."  Ismail Kadare, Chronicle in Stone


Mysteries of Domestic Space:  a visual translation of Freud’s essay, “The Uncanny.” 



Northway: a return.

Waiting: liminal time in a liminal space.

Mysteries of Domestic Space: the font used, "Sigmund Freud Typeface," was developed by Harald Geisler, based on Freud's handwriting.



gheto: Some thoughts on tourism, borders, history, assimilation and foreignness (2006, app. 10 minutes).

The Moments Surrounding: An attempt to express inexpressible grief and overwhelming loss(2010, app. 14 minutes). 

Four Short Films: Franz Schubert journeys through Albania (2009, app. 40 minutes).