Point of Origin: The Habits of Being
The portraits of Point of Origin mark the beginning of my forays into the complex nature of
memory, home, place, and identity within the southern vernacular. In 1995 I left the south
and moved to New York City. I started a record label, played in bands, and eventually went
back to art school. In 2004, after living in New York and DC, I visited home again.
Experiencing the south with new eyes, I saw my small hometown, early experiences, and
family upbringing in ways I had never seen them before. My perceptions about myself and
my childhood, colored with new experiences and information, became simultaneously
darker, more raw, and increasingly beautiful.
Point of Origin is a subjective and personal re-enactment of my childhood in Statesville,
North Carolina. The stage is the rural south. The actors (when possible) are my actual family
members and close family friends whose remembrances are the seeds for these
photographs. These portraits are specific to my experiences and I consider them
self-portraits disguised as environmental documentation. Certain characters are portrayed
multiple times to represent the various steps of transformation and awareness children go
through as the adults around them lose their perceived perfection. This body of work is an
ongoing and evolving project documenting the shifting perceptions that reshape our
recollections of the past. As time has passed, this on going body of work has unfolded in
chapters. The first chapter is The Creekhouse Log, which recreates early childhood
experiences. The second chapter, The Habits of Being, are portraits of adults from my
childhood and adolescent perspectives.