Many of these hand-made wetplate collodion photographs on glass and aluminum come from a series I made in 2010 titled “When Doors Become Walls” which symbolizes blockage, decay, endings, loss, neglect, and ruin. They are reflections of how our society tends to abandon, erase, forget or move away from habitats, memories, people and ways of life in search of something supposedly better, often in the name of progress. The Wetplate Collodion Photographic process I use is another example of what modernization and technological advancements do to push away tried and true methods. Modern society, corporations, technology, politicians, some religious leaders and the media try to impress upon us that newer is better or “their way” is the best way. They are often successful.
What remains is abandon and loss . . . a farewell to the past . . . a reclamation by nature.