At the age of 13, I underwent two spinal surgeries to correct two cases of scoliosis and a case of kyphosis. This experience was quite a painful one; the lower lobe of my left lung collapsed, I fainted if I stood for too long, and a bone infection required me to remain hooked up to an IV for over a month after leaving the hospital. For the first photogram, I created a symbolic self-portrait. Before exposing the rods, which represent the two titanium poles I’ll have in my back for the rest of my life, I splashed some of the stopping solution onto the paper to depict blood.
The other two photograms focused on form rather than narrative. I exposed apothecary jars to various lighting sources and moved the source of the light around to change the forms cast onto the paper.