In 1874, James Nasmyth and James Carpenter published their hypotheses on how the surface of the moon came to be. They used the optimum technologies available to them, including photography, to illustrate their ideas. Viewing through a telescope, they made detailed drawings that were transformed into topographic models. The models were then photographed under light to simulate how the rays of the sun light the surface of the moon. In the end, they had beautiful photographic details of the moon’s surface. These photographs, realistic in their representation, referenced the moon’s surface authentically. Nasmyth creates a dialogue between fact and perception. This has inspired me to investigate and interpret cultural understandings of exploration and perception through the transmission of photography.

For this project I create photographs of the imagined and fabricated intertwined with a documentation of objects, weaving the seductive image with a deconstruction of  illusion. Imagery feeds a continual pursuit of knowledge and affirmation. Recently, there has been a rush of scientific and galactic exploration made known through images. I am interested in navigating what these images mean for me, these are places I cannot get to, things I cannot see with my own eyes, I have only the impression of pictures to explore.